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Great Scottish Run Helps Glasgow's Refugees Get Active

22 November 2018

Glaswegians have once again proved they are a charitable bunch after more than 18 bags of clothing were donated to The Bank of Scotland’s Great Scottish Run sportswear amnesty to help refugees moving to the city.

The campaign – run in conjunction with Glasgow Club gyms and charity Refuweegee – encouraged people across the city to have a summer clear-out and donate their pre-loved clothes to the charity.

The clothes will now be handed over to Refuweegee to be distributed among refugees arriving in the city, who sometimes do not have the sports clothing needed to keep active.

The community-led charity was set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.

Eight Glasgow Club gyms across the city, including Pollok, Gorbals, Bellahouston and Springburn, got involved in the initiative, with Bellahouston receiving an incredible amount of donations.

Alex Jackson, Event Director at The Great Run Company said: “The response to our sportswear amnesty has been overwhelming, with a stream of donations coming in from Glasgow Club members over the past few months.

“From everyone at The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, I would like to thank those who took the time to clean out their wardrobes and pick out sportswear and accessories to donate.”

Selina Hales, Founder of Refuweegee, said: “We have once again been blown away by the generosity and kindness shown by people across the city.

“Refuweegee launches its first running club in December with a park run in Pollok Park, so the donations gathered from this drive will allow us to support individuals and families who would not previously have had the necessary clothing or footwear to participate. And for those who won’t be participating in the running club, as a result of the huge response we’ll be able to pass on comfy trainers and warm clothing for whatever tactility people do choose.

“We’d like to thank everyone involved for making a huge difference to people who now find themselves living in Glasgow and Scotland.”

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