Peddling Against Prejudice

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25 July 2016

Pupils and staff from St Blanes PS, Blantyre help Nil By Mouth founder Cara Henderson promote the ‘Champions for Change’ programme at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Pupils and staff from St Blanes PS, Blantyre help Nil By Mouth founder Cara Henderson promote the ‘Champions for Change’ programme at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Volunteers from a leading Glasgow charity will be kicking off the football season on wheels in an effort to raise money for the battle against bigotry.

The trio will be cycling to raise money for Nil by Mouth’sChampions for Change’ schools programme which brings pupils from different religious and cultural traditions together for a series of workshops, events and sporting activities aimed at helping them halt hatred, build bridges and celebrate community.

To mark the first day of the new SPFL Season on the 6th August 2016 the Nil by Mouth team will don their helmets and cycle across a specially designed  route taking in some of Glasgow’s most famous teams and grounds including Firhill, Ibrox, Cathkin Park, Hampden, Celtic Park and Broadwood.  They aim to raise £1,000 to support the charity’s nationwide schools programme which during 2015/16  was delivered, free of charge, to more than 7,000 pupils in over 100 schools across Scotland.

Last year Nil by Mouth launched its hugely successful ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign which seeks to promote the positive face of Scottish football through a range of events with football clubs, fan groups and local schools. Now the charity is hoping that the Scottish public will get behind the cycle and dig deep to help even more pupils join in the fun.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
“We were thrilled when our volunteers came up with this idea and they are really keen to show that football can be a force for good in our society. We have seen a huge demand for our schools programme in recent years and a major part of the programme is bringing pupils from different religious and cultural backgrounds together, allowing us to effectively challenge myths and stereotypes some may have about others. Through ‘Champions for Change’ we have seen new friendships formed, old prejudices banished and strong relationships between schools built. However, whilst all our services are offered free of charge there can often be costs for transport, tickets to events, use of recording studios and venue hire. With more than 50 schools already wanting to sign up for next term even the smallest donation to this sponsored cycle really can go a long way. We have set up a secure, online donation site and hope that the public can dig deep to support our volunteers and help support the further growth of our work.”


Donations can be made via our special BT donate page:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/nilbymouth