Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sponsor Stephen and Gail to 'Make a Child Smile'

Glasgow Branch's Stephen Ready and Dundee's Gail Miller are doing a sponsored parachute jump for the 'Make a Child Smile' fund on behalf of UNISON Sctland's Welfare Committee. You can sponsor them using the sponsorship form on the website.

UNISON's National President is elected annually and one of the traditions is that their presidency is marked by a project of some kind. These have varied from particular works to a youth project in Sierra Leone, 'Show Racism the Red Card' and a project to support the survivors of domestic abuse.

As president for 2010/11, Scotland's Angela Lynes has worked with UNISON Welfare to set up a 'Make a Child Smile' fund (registered charity 1023552) to be spent on organising or supporting activities and projects for vulnerable kids.

Angela Lynes explains the background to the fund....

Children from low-paid families, or under privileged backgrounds are among the most vulnerable members of our society.

We have a duty to protect and care for them and I am proud of the work our public services do to support such children and their families, and often with very limited resources. But I believe we can play a part in going beyond such interventions.

Part of growing up, and part of what makes us who we are, is memories - and it's crucial that young children have positive memories which can help them develop a positive outlook as they grow.

That's why I'm asking UNISON branches and regions to support my Make a Child Smile project and help create some good memories for children in our communities.

How you can help?
The Make a Child Smile fund will be spent on organising or supporting activities and projects for vulnerable kids.

Make a donation to the 'Make a Child Smile' Fund
A fund has been set up by UNISON Welfare (registered charity 1023552) to which branches and regions can apply for financial support towards the event they want to support or organise. Your branch/regional donation will help to build and sustain the fund.

You could make a donation direct from branch funds or set up a collection from members to send in. Cheques should be made payable to: UNISON Welfare (Make a Child Smile Appeal) and sent to UNISON Welfare, 1 Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9AJ

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