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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01367

Incredible Interfaith Community Efforts to Support Afghan Refugees Arriving in Scotland

Submitted by: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Bob Doris, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Ross Greer, Craig Hoy, Fiona Hyslop, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, Paul O'Kane, Douglas Ross, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White

That the Parliament commends the fantastic interfaith efforts in the Greater Glasgow area for securing thousands of donations to support the men, women and children who are arriving in Scotland from Afghanistan; notes that the initiative, led by Sammy and Vicci Stein, has resulted in huge amounts of items such as baby products, toys, clothes and household goods being donated; welcomes that the appeal from the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council developed into an interfaith campaign, with members of the Muslim community playing a pivotal role in securing additional facilities to help store the large amounts of items that have been donated; understands that within just a number of days, almost every available storage space at the Maccabi Centre, Jewish Care Scotland and Cosgrave Care buildings, at May Terrace, in Giffnock, were filled with donations; acknowledges that the two schools belonging to the world's first Jewish-Catholic joint campus of Calderwood Lodge and St Clare's primaries, in Newton Mearns, made a vital contribution to the appeal through the provision of toiletries and women's sanitary products; understands that the donations will first be made available to a number of Afghan refugee charities, but because of the massive generosity from those who donated to this incredible initiative, there is a surplus of items and these will be given to other worthwhile causes, and recognises the fantastic leadership of Sammy and Vicci Stein, the incredible work undertaken by members of different faiths, including the Muslim and Jewish communities, and every person and organisation, including Calderwood Lodge and St Clare's primary schools, for taking the time to offer donations that will support Afghan families to be resettled in Scotland.