September 29 2015
Anti-sectarian campaigners are celebrating after securing a donation of more than £2,500 from a leading business women’s networking group.
Nil by Mouth received the donation from Glasgow based Scottish Women in Business (swib) after being named as it’s ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2014/15.
During the year, swib members raised over £2,600 for the charity by a variety of means, including the Christmas raffle, swib strolls, the 5×50 challenge and a £1 donation for each attendee at each swib event throughout the year. This was the highest amount ever raised in a single year by swib, which has previously raised thousands of pounds for causes including Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage, The Women’s Support Project, The Emma Cameron Foundation and the Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme.
Swib is a Glasgow based non profit membership & networking group for business women. With over 120 members, the group has been established for 23 years and organises monthly networking events with high profile speakers. Swib draws members from a range of firms and professions, from entrepreneurs to small business owners to corporate decision makers.
Nil by Mouth Founder and Evening Times ‘Scotswoman of the Year’ Cara Henderson was presented with the cheque at Swib’s AGM at ‘House for an Art Lover’ which was also addressed by Minister for Women’s Employment Annabelle Ewing MSP.
The donation is the latest highlight for the Glasgow based charity which was set up by Ms Henderson in 2000 in response to the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott. Earlier this year it successfully held the first ‘National Tackling Sectarianism in the Workplace Conference’ and successfully persuaded the Government to introduce a nationwide rehabilitation project for people convicted of sectarian offences.
Nil by Mouth Founder Cara Henderson said:
“It has been an absolute privilege to be swib’s ‘Charity of the Year.’ This is an amazing donation from a hugely talented and supportive group of women. However, swib’s support is so much more than money. Members have provided us with professional services, support and advice. Most importantly of all they have been a ceaseless well of encouragement for our staff and volunteers. Swib is a group that makes things happen and being it’s ‘ Charity of the Year’ has been a huge boost for our charity as we mark our 15th anniversary. Last year we worked with almost 10,000 school pupils and it is this type of grassroots work that will help us create a Scotland free from bigotry. Swib’s support will help fund our award winning schools programme and encourage young people to understand, rather than fear, difference.”
Newly appointed Swib President Liz Taylor said:
“It has been a pleasure working with the Nil by Mouth team over the past year and we are delighted that our fundraising efforts paid off for them. It has been a successful partnership because both parties are committed to working collaboratively to generate results. Although we will shortly be announcing our new Charity of the Year, I have no doubt that many of our members will continue to support Nil by Mouth as they go from strength to strength.”