Cambuslang’s St Bride’s Church has been praised after raising over £100,000 to help Christians in need around the world.
The church raised the tremendous sum over the past decade, which has gone to Aid to the Church in Need UK, which supports the Christian faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.
The parish has raised the amazing sum of £101,892 since they started working with the charity a decade ago.
In 2002, they collected £4000 for Bicycles for Africa, and the following year raised £8000 for a Pastoral Centre in Slovakia £8000, with £7000 for Seminary Olomuec in the Czech Republic in 2004.
They followed this up in 2005 by raising £7000 for Bishop’s flights in Sudan, while in 2006, Xuan Ninh Church in Vietnam received £7600, while novice training in Hanoi received £2000.
St Bride’s supported the Underground Church, Contemplative Order in China with £6800, in 2007, as well as the Underground Church, Contemplative Order, in Mongolia, to the tune of £7200.
Even though the recession began to kick in in 2008, the parish continued to give generously, raising £7200 for Catechisms in Urdu in Pakistan £7200, as well as giving £1792 for pastoral aid to Pakistan.
The church gave £7000 to help with the training of doctors and nurses in the Congo, as well as another £7000 for youth work in Vietnam.
In 2010, a relief project in Sudan and Haiti was given £8000, and in 2011, there was further generosity, with £5000 towards a pastoral centre in Romania and rebuilding churches in India, while support for Carmelites in Lebanon received £6000.
Last year, schooling for seven girls in Jordan and a pastoral programme in Gaza received £10,500.
Maggie Melvin, St Bride’s co-ordinator for the project, said: “We have been delighted to be involved in this work over the last 10 years, we are so delighted to see the good that has been done.
“For us it has meant a lot to be involved in many things around the world that has made such a difference to people’s lives. We have been taught so much through doing this work. We also like to think it says something about our parish.”
A spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need UK said: “St Bride’s have been an absolutely incredibly parish and community - they have been an inspiration to us all.
“They so identify with those who do not enjoy the freedom of worship that we have in this country, to the extent that they walk side by side with them through their generosity. As a Catholic charity we depend on that level of compassion and support, which makes it all possible.
“It’s a very heartfelt message and this is not a one-hit wonder, it’s support with longevity, which is an astonishing achievement.
“This achievement has come at a time of economic difficulty, but despite the hardships, and even austerity, St Bride’s have remained committed 100 per cent to supporting the suffering church, and that stands on its own two feet as testament to their intent.”