Leuchars St Athernase

The Regeneration Fundraising Group

The group have been very busy over the past few months...despite the rather poor weather we ran a very successful Burger Stall at the Balmullo Gala Day, the money raised was sadly less than expected because of the weather...but we still managed to raise £540.10, with donations given later of £118.80.

Our next event will be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Burnside Hall, Balmullo on Saturday 12th November from 10.00am until 4.00pm. This will include over 20 high quality stalls, with skilled artisans from all over Fife and beyond. There will be a range of items suitable for Christmas gifts and more...this promises to be a very worthwhile event! There will be a home baking table and teas and coffees will be available too!

Our event in December is The International Lights and Sounds Concert, this will be held in St Athernase on Saturday 10th December starting at 6.30pm. This year the choirs will each sing a British carol and one from abroad. As before, there will be other short festive pieces throughout the evening. Refreshments will be served at the interval. Entry will be a minimum of £5.

We hope to meet you and your friends at these events!

Alison Jeffrey, Chair, Regeneration Fundraising Group


Al Shurooq School for the Blind

Leuchars St Athernase Church Congregation sponsors a little girl called Sajida.

Al Shurooq School for the Blind was founded by Helen Shehadeh in 1981 with the aim of enabling blind people in Palestine to become self sufficient and productive members of society. The first premises were in Jerusalem, but in 1995 they moved to Bethlehem, allowing beneficiaries from the southern part of the West Bank, unable to enter Jerusalem, to gain access to the society’s services and programmes.

The school is affiliated to The National Society for the Visually Handicapped and provides total care and education for children ages from two upwards, who are brought to them. Some pay a small contribution towards their upkeep, as their families are able, but many are from very poor families or have been abandoned. The focus is on rehabilitation and integration into the local community. Helen is an elder of St. Andrew’s Kirk, in Jerusalem and over the years has built up great friendships with Scottish pilgrim parties.

The many plaques around the new building testify to ongoing partnerships giving Al Shurooq the feel of a little outpost of Scotland in Bethlehem! The congregation of St Athernase sponsors a child in Al Shurooq school, and last year raised sufficient funds for her whole education.

For more information visit www.nsfvh.org.