Challenge Poverty week ran from 7th-13th October.

I attended three events during challenge poverty week, the final event was on Sunday 13th a wet miserable night. The event was in Springburn church and hosted by Maryhill and Springburn Labour, I was invited to do what I do best -talk about my beloved uniform bank.

Other speakers on the night were Rev Brian Casey, a member from Unite and Unison unions, Paul Sweeney MP and Kieran O’Neill the prospective Labour candidate for Msp. It was chaired by Councillor Aileen McKenzie

It was interesting hearing what everyone had to say about poverty but listening to Brian and postcode poverty was interesting. An increase in babies and young children dying was concerning. Is there the same amount of babies dying up the road in Bishopbriggs? No there isn’t.

Over the years Springburn has been badly neglected and all we can do is hope and pray things change in our area that will benefit everyone.

Around 30 people came along to listen to what we all had to say, this included Rev Rhona and Scott the minister from Garthamlock. Luckily no one asked me any questions! This led to some interesting conversations between the audience and speakers, and to round off the event a much needed coffee and a fondant fancy was had with conversation.

Donna Henderson


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