Love & Aid is an organisation I am involved with which seeks to remove distance from world events, encouraging people to see disasters in remote parts of the world as local, directly affecting the families and friends of those we live with, work with, study with or know. The goal is that we would see events that happen in Damascus as if they were happening in Glasgow and that this would elicit a local response.
For the last few years we have been organising fundraising events for Syria, including quite possibly, the greatest ceilidhs on the planet. This one is set to be the biggest and best yet. Previous events have allowed us to raise thousands of pounds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (an umbrella organisation for big UK charities like Oxfam, Tearfund and Save the Children) appeal for Syria. Come along on November 14th to St Silas church at 7:30pm and be part of the story!
For me the enthusiasm of the band, the venue and the volunteers in supporting this endeavour has been inspirational. Previous events have had up to £1000 of the money raised matched by Barclays. This time around we’re asking ordinary people if they would like to match say £50 or £100 or whatever they can afford as part of a community response to what is happening in Syria. If you would be interested in helping out please drop me a line.