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Thank you for going the extra mile

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Thanks to everyone who went the extra mile to help some of the poorest people in the world in our first ever 5km fun run on Saturday.

Well over a hundred people took part our first ever fun run around Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell, raising thousands of pounds to support families affected by poverty, hunger, war and natural disasters. 

The event was for people of all ages and fitness levels, including families with young children, who could run or walk the route.  Money raised from the event will help people in need to get the seeds, farm tools, training, small loans and support they need to grow more food, earn an income, and build a better future for themselves.  

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It was really great to see so many people taking part.  Families, school children as well as the local community all came together to make our first ever 5km a success.  It was also fantastic to see singer song-writer Ricky Ross, who travelled to Zambia in January to see our work first hand, and his family and friends too!

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We shouldn’t forget what brought us together.  Millions of people are going hungry every day, many having to walk well over 5km a day just to get water.  The money raised will help desperately poor families to get the food and income they need and work their way out of poverty in the long term. 

We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our first 5km such a success and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people to the event next year!

You can find more great pictures from the day on our Flickr page.

   

On your Marks! Bishop Keenan launches our 5k Fun Run

picture-16Bishop John Keenan has helped to launch our first ever 5km family fun run to raise money for our life-changing work with some of the poorest communities in the world.

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picture-60We're holding our first ever 5km fun run to raise money for our life-changing work with some of the poorest communities in the world.

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Stopping child trafficking in our world

Web Main ImageRight now in India thousands of children are being trafficked and enslaved to work long hours in dangerous conditions. They’re often violently beaten or sexually abused.

Human traffickers deceive poor families into believing if the child goes with them they’ll have a better future. Sadly, these traffickers are often known to the child and their family, so they trust them and don’t realise the danger they’re in until it’s too late.

We’ve started working closely with Caritas India to fight child trafficking.

To support this, and other life-changing projects around the world you can make a donation here.

Leeza from Caritas India told us about some of the ways support from here in Scotland is helping,

“It’s crucial to go out into communities to explain the realities of what will happen to their children. We have a leaflet campaign, with an emergency number to phone for advice. We’ll offer vocational training to youths so they’re less vulnerable to trafficking. Our programme will include advocacy, targeting the government so they do more to prevent child trafficking”.

The dedication of the project staff shines through in her words,

“I want children to enjoy their rights to protection, education and development. If the development of the one child is affected, the development of a nation is affected.”

Working with Caritas India our new project will continue to help raise awareness of trafficking in poor communities so more children are protected, and also help rescue trafficked children and reuniting them with their families where possible.

Our work with Caritas India is just one of the many projects across the world your donations help to support. If you’d like to help us continue our life changing work you can make a donation to our latest appeal here.

   

Notre Dame Primary pupils put their best foot forward

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Primary seven pupils from Notre Dame Primary School got dressed for bed in a special sponsored event to raise money for the WEE BOX.

Dressed in their pyjamas and topped with a crazy hair do of their choice, sixty two pupils accompanied by teachers, SCIAF staff and parents ran through Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens to raise vital funds this year's appeal.

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Colombia in Mourning

 

Caritas Colombia Pic 1Colombia is in mourning following Saturday’s deadly landslide which claimed the lives of 290 people.

Heavy rainfall triggered flash floods and landslides which tore through the southern city of Mocoa, devastating everything in their path.

Whole neighbourhoods have been swept away, or simply erased; now buried under several feet of mud.

Rescuers are working tirelessly, digging through rock, mud and rubble in the hope of finding those who are still missing. More than 300 people are still unaccounted for since the disaster.

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