MSP wants books for Nelson Mandela Day

Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod is supporting Nelson Mandela International Day and ACTSA Scotland (Action for Southern Africa) this summer by collecting children’s books which will be donated to libraries in Mr Mandela’s home province of the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

She is asking people to drop off any new or used children’s book at her office in Kirkintilloch by Thursday, July 18 and they will be delivered to ACTSA from East Dunbartonshire.

Ms McLeod said: “Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year on his birthday – 1July 18 – when people are asked to donate 67mins of their time to their community.

“This year Action for Southern Africa are asking you to donate your time by gathering together any children’s books you may have to donate them to the children of Mandela’s home province. As a former librarian I can’t think of a better way to help children to learn, have fun and develop their imagination.

“What are needed are children’s books of all kinds, in English, to encourage reading for fun. This helps to develop fluency in reading English which is vital for all parts of the children’s education. Their mother tongue is mainly Xhosa, but education is mostly in English.”

Story books or factual books, for all ages from pre-school to teenagers, are welcome. Books that will amuse, absorb, inform and catch the imagination of young readers. They must be in good condition, please – no loose or taped up pages, or badly damaged covers, and factual books should not be too out of date.

Please use your 67minutes of volunteering this summer to help the children of Africa improve their English and develop their imagination.

Drop books off at Suite 13, Enterprise House, Southbank Business Park, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XQ.