November 18 2016

aThe work of Nil by Mouth received a huge boost this month thanks to the Lord Provost of Glasgow and big hearted Glaswegians.

Cllr Sadie Docherty hosted her annual ‘Charity Lunch’ at Glasgow City Chambers on Saturday 5th November in aid of our charity and the wonderful Glasgow Humane Society.

The event proved hugely successful raising over £24,000 to be shared between both charities thanks to a three course lunch, raffles, silent auctions and an opportunity to bid for some fantastic prizes donated by businesses across the city.

Nil by Mouth has been working to build bridges between people from different religious and cultural traditions since 2000. It was set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson following the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott and today we take our message of tolerance and change to schools, workplaces, colleges and communities across the country. In February 2015 Cara was named Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year in recognition of her efforts to help others better understand difference.

Funds raised at the event will go toward supporting our ‘Champions for Change’ programme which brings together young people from different traditions for a series of shared educational and cultural activities.

During 2015/16 more than 10,000 pupils from more than 100 schools took part in this programme.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

It’s hard to find the words to thank the Lord Provost, her staff and all the wonderful people who came along on the day and dug deep to help both our charities. Glasgow has a well-deserved reputation for being a city with a big heart and we have been blown away by the incredible generosity shown by people at this year’s Lord Provost’s Lunch.

Our schools programme has never been so popular and we have requests from across the country to deliver workshops, speak at assemblies or run our ‘inter-school ‘programmes. This donation will play a huge part in our future plans and allow us to take our message of tolerance and change right across the country.  We cannot thank the Lord Provost enough for including us in this year’s event.’