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Recognising the Charitable Work of the Rapid Relief Team

  • Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 February 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-08019

That the Parliament commends the work of the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) charity, which was established by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in 2013; understands that RRT provides support to events organised by other charities, and to governments and emergency services in Scotland, the rest of the UK and worldwide, as they respond to major incidents and humanitarian crises; expresses gratitude to RRT for providing support and catering for 200 cyclists during their 555-mile journey from Cardiff to Edinburgh, which raised funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which is a charity founded in 2017 by Scotland rugby player, Doddie Weir, who passed away from motor neurone disease in November 2022; notes that RRT provides support to emergency service personnel who are present at large-scale incidents, including the Glasgow School of Art fire in 2018, and the Clutha helicopter crash in 2013, which claimed 10 lives; further notes that RRT provided support to participants in the Scottish Recovery Walk, which, it understands, celebrated people who have overcome addiction and mourned the lives lost to addiction, and was held in Paisley in September 2022; further understands that one week after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, RRT launched Operation 322 to deliver more than 50 truck-loads of humanitarian aid to the country; notes that this campaign was assisted by RRT volunteers from the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland; recognises the RRT Food Box initiative; understands that this initiative was created in 2019 to help people affected by domestic violence, and has now been expanded to support families in the UK who are struggling with the cost of living and the COVID-19 pandemic, and to people in other countries, with over 32,000 boxes delivered so far; pays tribute to RRT, and wishes them all the best in their future endeavours.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Liam McArthur, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle