CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth’s MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament which congratulates Whitelees Primary School in Abronhill, Cumbernauld for taking part in the launch of the “Enough Food for Everyone IF” campaign, being headed by a coalition of Scottish charities.
Cumbernauld’s SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn – who has written to the School’s Head Teacher to offer his congratulations – was delighted that Whitelees Primary’s own band “School of Rock” had been asked to perform at the launch event for the campaign, which is calling upon leaders of the G8 group of countries to do more to end global hunger.
At the launch – which took place in Glasgow on 23rd January – the band played its own song, “If You, If We, If Everyone”, which was written to deal with the themes of the “Enough Food for Everyone IF” campaign. The school have previously demonstrated their interest in global citizenship by recording another song to do with Fair Trade, recordings of which were sold to raise funds for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund – one of the charities involved in the current campaign.
Commenting, Mr Hepburn said: “I was delighted to learn that Whitelees Primary was involved in the launch of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign. Once again the school is demonstrating its civic mindedness and commitment to concepts of global citizenship.
“The local area can be proud of its local schools, and Whitelees Primary is an eminent example of why. This is an important campaign, and it is great that local youngsters are playing their part in highlighting its aims.
Mr Hepburn’s motion reads: “That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign in Scotland on 23 January 2013; understands that the campaign is being coordinated by a coalition of different organisations including the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Oxfam, Islamic Relief, the Scotland Malawi Partnership and Christian Aid, and is designed to call on the UK Government to use its presidency of the G8 organisation to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries; understands that the campaign specifically calls on the G8 to tackle what they have defined as "the four big ifs" to ensure that there is enough food for everyone on the planet and to tackle global hunger; is delighted that Whitelees Primary School in Cumbernauld took part in the launch event when the school’s own band, The School of Rock, performed in front of a crowd of around 200 people gathered at the event and sang its own song, If You, If We, If Everyone, which deals with the themes of the campaign; recognises that this follows similar efforts by Whitelees Primary School, which previously recorded its own song about fair trade with the assistance of Cumbernauld College and sold copies to raise funds for SCIAF; congratulates Whitelees Primary School and its head teacher, Ann Kay, on their continued approach to encouraging interest in global citizenship, and wishes the school and the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign all the best in their efforts.”
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