Scottish Circle raise £8000 for Glasgow food project
Lindsay Clydesdale Campaigns Press Officer, Scotland
3rd Dec 2012
A group of influential Scottish women have raised more than £8000 for a food project in one of Scotland's most deprived districts.
The Scottish Circle held an art event using donations from established and emerging artists, to fundraise for GlasGrow, an Oxfam Scotland project that will work with community groups in Govan, Glasgow, to encourage healthier living and develop an enterprise.
The event at Wilson Davis Fine Art Gallery in Bridge of Weir on November 22 raised thousands from the sale of postcards and other art work by artists including George Devlin, as well as Oxfam supporters and volunteers. Money is still coming in from the event.
The money will go to GlasGrow, a new initiative which brings together local food producers and two women-led Govan groups, Tea in the Pot and Karibu, to establish and run a cafe. This sustainable catering operation will support local suppliers, produce affordable and nutritious food, and train members in the business skills needed to run it.
Anne Keegan, founder of Tea in the Pot and a development worker on GlasGrow, said: "We've got lots of ideas and can't wait to get started. This will make a huge difference to the community. It's such a diverse community in a lot of ways.
"It's wonderful that people have raised this money for us. The Circle is an eternal ring of women's groups, coming together to help each other."
The Scottish Circle was inspired by Annie Lennox who founded the original Circle with Oxfam in London in 2008 as a partnership of influential women who work with Oxfam, bringing ideas, skills and resources to the table to help the international aid agency fight inequality and poverty. To date, The Circle has raised more than £1million for Oxfam.
Earlier this year the Scottish Circle, whose members include actress Daniela Nardini, also raised £70,000 at an event supported by Annie Lennox. Those funds went to an Oxfam campaign in Pakistan which aims to end violence against women and children.
Farah Khushi, Chair of Scottish Circle, said: "After raising money for the We Can Pakistan project in March, we wanted to do something for a project closer to home.
"GlasGrow is a wonderful organisation that will really making a difference to people's lives in many ways - from promoting healthy eating, to encouraging community enterprise.
"The art sale was a lovely evening and the huge number of donated drawings and paintings enabled us to raise this fantastic amount of money for the Govan group. Supporting other woman is what we are passionate about and we're delighted so many people got involved and supported the event."