Macdonald commends local collection for refugees
Lewis Macdonald said today:
“The tremendous success of these collections has shown just how much the plight of these refugees has struck a chord with the North East public.
“Volunteers have given up their time to collect and pack the generous donations from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire residents, and the items collected will make a real difference to the lives of refugees with winter approaching.
“It is only right that the hard work of this grassroots movement is recognised and celebrated in the Scottish Parliament.”
Text of motion submitted on 11 September 2015:
Title: Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees
That the Parliament congratulates the citizens of Aberdeen and North East Scotland on what it considers their humanity and solidarity in raising money and donating items for refugees in Calais; congratulates Aberdeen Solidarity with Refugees, which is a grassroots organisation with many volunteers that is coordinated by Nigel Martin Lammas, Steven Bothwell, Shelley Milne and Iain Richardson, on, it understands, raising over £3,000 and collecting thousands of donations since it was formed on 31 August 2015; believes that part of this money has been put toward the cost of hiring a 40-foot lorry to transport some of the donated clothes, toiletries, shoes and tents from the city to Calais; commends various charities and businesses in the area, including the Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts, Six Degrees North and the Arts Centre and Theatre Aberdeen, on allowing their premises to be used for the collection and sorting of donations, and wishes the volunteers and fundraisers every continued success in their efforts to support the refugees.