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Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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Glasgow - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Event in George Square and the City Chambers

Event report

Our 17th October event took place in George Square in the heart of Glasgow.  We had a small gathering around the previous commemorative stone that is embedded in the ground in George Square.  Everyone then  proceeded to the new commemorative stone, led by a young boy beating a drum.  We had couple of speeches and then two people unveiled the new commemorative stone.  The  new commemorative stone  sits inside a flowerbed next to a monument of Sir Walter Scott, a famous Scottish Poet.  So it is wonderful that our stone is in a prominent place for all to see.

Everyone then went to the City Chambers ( this is where Glasgow Councillors sit and make decisions).  There we heard from Children and Adults and there was singing by the local Lodging House Mission Choir.  Lodging House Mission is a place where homeless people go and get support.

Aiden, a young boy spoke  in the City Chambers about what makes children happy and another person read a testimony from someone in England about their harrowing experience of living in poverty.

The children had previously decorated a paper Kite with what makes children happy and adults wrote down what children need.  The kite was displayed in the City Chambers. People were also invited to write messages of hope and put them inside a balloon.

This event was not only to mark the 17th October, United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it was to mark the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.  We had many families that were involved in making the Kite and other families who have been coming to this event since 1999 when the first commemorative stone was inaugurated.  

One young 6 year old boy took his balloon and gave it to a person begging in the street.  

It was a wonderful celebration of the resilience of families all over the world who continue to suffer the effects of poverty on a daily basis. 

Tricia Mc C.

Event description

This year we will inaugurate the new commemorative Stone in George Square and then to the City Chambers to hear messages of children and adult.

Glasgow
United Kingdom