Overwhelming support shown for Ukraine aid effort

Dalintober Primary School pupils are among the many youngsters contributing to the aid effort.

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Caring youngsters across Kintyre have been hosting a range of activities to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

Pupils from Dalintober, Glenbarr, Rhunahaorine and Port Ellen Primary schools have collected a huge number of donations of clothing and other essential items to send to refugee camps at the Ukrainian border.

In addition, pupils from Dalintober and Castlehill primaries drew pictures of love hearts that will be put into the pockets of clothing that the Hub Youth Club in Campbeltown is sending to Ukraine.

Senior pupils at Castlehill will also be painting sunflowers (Ukraine’s national flower) for display in the school, and are following a suggestion from Campbeltown Grammar to invite the school’s parent council to provide funds to buy seeds, compost and pots for children/families to grow sunflowers.

This is something that young people at Drumlemble Primary also plan to take part in, along with a dress in blue/yellow day and sponsored silence.

The idea behind this is to highlight the fact that the children in Ukraine do not have a voice, and to enable pupils to reflect on the current situation. They will also colour in mindfulness sunflowers.

At Carradale Primary pupils will draw pictures and write messages to the children of Ukraine and will take part in a sponsored walk around the bay.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘I really am quite overwhelmed at what our children and young people are doing to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

‘The solidarity, compassion and kindness expressed by our school communities is tremendous. It’s not often that I am speechless but this is one of those occasions, and I am extremely proud.’

Co-ordinating the Campbeltown aid effort is the team at The Hub who sent off a second load of donations on Monday this week.

The woman behind the local response Mandy Robertson said she was absolutely blown away by the generosity of people not just on the mainland but from the island communities also.

‘I knew it would be amazing but the scale of it has been something else,’ she added.

‘This has really touched everybody and everyone wants to help in some way.

‘The current cost of living crisis here in the UK is affecting people greatly and yet those that haven’t got much have been giving to help the people of the Ukraine also. It is truly heart-warming.’

Members of the public are currently being asked not to donate used clothes as the Polish consulate is now not accepting any more.

Working alongside volunteers in Lochgilphead, Oban and Aberdeen, the Campbeltown team is now looking to send the clothing items they already have to Moldova as well as Scottish charities in preparation for the expected influx of refugees here.

Items still required for sending overseas include: new clothes/underwear, baby items, medical supplies, torches and dried food. These can be handed in at The Hub on Kinloch Road or to Aquilibrium.