Save the Children Information evening

Save the Children is holding an Information Evening at Torthorwald Community Hall, near Dumfries, on June 21 at 7pm. The charity is inviting people to come along and find out more about their projects for the education, health and protection of children in 120 countries around the world.

There will be two main speakers at the Information Evening:

Irene Graham, Scotland Programme manager, will talk about Save the Children’s work in the most deprived areas of Scotland with the FAST (Families and Schools Together) and IMBY (In My Back Yard) programmes.

There is a gaping divide between how well children living in poverty do at school in the UK compared to their wealthier counterparts.  Save the Children is closing that gap by working with parents and schools in the FAST programme.

IMBY is a grassroots programme which supports young people to identify the effects that living in poverty has on their lives, and lead a project to make a change in their local community.

Anne Strang, a volunteer from Paisley, will speak about her recent visit to see the work done at Save the Children projects in India.

There will also be the chance to meet volunteers from the Save the Children branches in Lockerbie, Moffat, Nithsdale, Wigtownshire, Stewartry, and Annan. They have run interesting events across the area for many years - balls, plant sales, quiz nights and many more. Jennifer Miller, Save the Children’s new area leader for the South West of Scotland, Colin Williamson, a speaker for the ‘Speaking Out’ programme in the area, and Dorothy Parker, Save the Children’s Community Fundraiser for West of Scotland, will also attend.

Eight million children under the age of five die every year. Most die from illnesses like malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea which can be easily prevented. It doesn’t cost much to save a child’s life – and anyone can help. Now, with the new ‘Born To’ campaign, Save the Children is encouraging people across the Dumfries and Galloway area to get involved.

‘It’s an exciting campaign,’ says Dorothy Parker, Community Fundraiser, ‘Our slogan ‘Whatever you were born to do – do it to save the children’ allows anyone to do what they enjoy and raise money at the same time! So people organise dances, concerts, sponsored walks, all kinds of events.

We’re working to save more lives, and we’re pushing world leaders to do more too. But we need new volunteers to help’, said Dorothy Parker.

Everyone is welcome to attend.