East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker has donated £200 from the Provost’s Fund for the victims of the recent disaster in the Philippines and is urging people to dig deep.
Like millions of people around the globe the Provost was moved by the scenes of devastation following Typhoon Haiyan which has claimed thousands of lives and affected over 11 million people and she is encouraging others to give what they can too.
She said: “The images we are seeing on our television screens and the tragic stories we are hearing are heart-breaking. The people of East Dunbartonshire always respond well to situations like this and I expect this time to be no different.
“Our schools have a strong tradition of fundraising, teaching our young people the values of community and global citizenship. I know some will already be getting organised and I have been in touch with all headteachers to offer my support to their fundraising efforts.”
Survivors are increasingly desperate for food, shelter, water and medical supplies and an appeal was launched straightaway by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) - an umbrella group of the UK’s 14 biggest aid charities - to raise as much money as possible. As little as a £1 donation can buy a family of five water purification tablets for 12 days to protect them from disease.
Or it could feed one person who is in desperate need of food for a whole day.
New Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden collected money for the disaster on Sunday which they sent out on Monday so that it would reach them as soon as possible.
The minister, Rev. Roddy Hamilton, said: “In many ways, what can you say when you see so much devastation. Humanity at it’s best responds by working together and doing something together.
“We will respond as we can and if there is an appeal for certain items such as blankets we will donate to that.”
Bearsden Cross Church also collected money from parishioners on Sunday after the service and has Christian Aid envelopes available in the church on weekday mornings from 9am to midday apart from Wednesday.
Even very young children wanted to do something to help. Rainbows (P1 and P2 pupils) from Westerton in Bearsden baked cakes to sell and held a raffle on Monday night.
Their leader, Christine Morton, said: “This was the children’s own idea.
“They had been hearing about what had happened to the people in the Philippines in school and from their parents talking about it.
“They were keen to do something to raise money for them.
“I think it’s good for them to contribute to society and learn from a young age that it’s not all about them - it’s important for them to think of others who are less fortunate in the world around them.”
Pupils at Milngavie Primary School also raised £637 for DEC when the children gave donations recently.
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