Boys’ Brigade Scotland raises £11,000 for Czech Republic Youth Project

Boys were from 2nd/4th Motherwell (LR) Rt Rev John Chalmers, Daniel Wright, Liam Ross, Craig McCaskie

Boys' Brigade members from across Scotland have helped to raise an impressive £11,000 for young people in the Czech Republic, through a year of fundraising efforts for the Church of Scotland World Mission Fund.

A cheque was handed over to the Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, at an evening ceremony at Daziel St Andrew's Parish Church in Motherwell.

The money will go towards raising funds for new equipment for a camp in the Czech Republic mountains. The Comenuis Camp, run by the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren, is in need of new equipment and furniture so it can continue to run camps and a range of activities for young people.

The money has been raised through a variety of activities by Boys' Brigade Scotland Companies. For example, the 1st/2nd Milngavie Company held a special games day offering members and visitors the chance to take part in tent building sessions and a picnic night. The 1st East Calder Company put on a fundraising treasure hunt event and 3rd Perth co-ordinated an overnight games night.

Bill Stevenson, Director, Scotland, The Boys' Brigade, said:

"What a fantastic achievement by so many BB Companies across Scotland to raise such an impressive amount for this worthwhile project. International work is a significant part of our programme and the BB Church of Scotland World Mission Fund is just one example of that. Over the past 60 years, the money raised is in excess of £1.5 million.

"The Comenius Camp is a really exciting place to go and we hope this money will go some way to helping improve the facilities. We also hope some of our young people will have the opportunity to visit, see the impact of the work first hand and meet other like-minded young people in a fun environment."

The Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland said:

"It was a particular pleasure to attend The Church of Scotland / Boys' Brigade World mission fund cheque presentation evening at Daziel St Andrew's Parish Church in Motherwell on November 14th.

"The 'Czech it Out' appeal's total of £11,000 represents a marvellous sum and a huge amount of effort from BB members, their leaders and congregations. This hard work will go some way to help improve the outdoor facilities for young people in the Czech Republic.

"This appeal and the dozens before have made a real positive difference to congregations and wider communities around the world. Significantly, they also offer BB members an insight into some the challenges which youngsters overseas face each day."

In Scotland, The Boys' Brigade cares for and challenges young people through a programme of informal education in a fun way. Each week around 20,000 young people, aged 5 to 18, take part in one of its 450 groups.