Mearns students help refugees

Front row, l-r, Samantha Cloney from Stonehaven, Rebecca Stewart also from Stonehaven and Jennifer Ritchie from Portlethen.  'Back row are Owen Gardiner (left) from Portlethen and Geena Hay (right) from Stonehaven.
Front row, l-r, Samantha Cloney from Stonehaven, Rebecca Stewart also from Stonehaven and Jennifer Ritchie from Portlethen. 'Back row are Owen Gardiner (left) from Portlethen and Geena Hay (right) from Stonehaven.

A group of North East Scotland College students, including some from the Mearns, have raised over £2000 to help the Syrian Refugee crisis.

Level 6 social science classes at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus and Fraserburgh Campus were inspired to help the humanitarian effort after seeing pictures of the ongoing crisis on TV and online.

The students split into teams and organised a wide range of events inside and outside of college in an attempt to raise as much as possible.

One group approached Krispy Kreme, which has recently opened a franchise in Aberdeen, and were able to purchase doughnuts at a special discount to sell on in the College. Another group managed to enlist the support of The Tunnels in Aberdeen to hold a music evening with the revenue from ticket sales going in the pot. Other groups organised a race night at the Ashvale Restaurant, a charity night in Triple Kirks and a shoe box appeal for the Red Cross alongside several stalls in the student common areas in the College.

Brian Dunn, Faculty Manager at North East Scotland College, said, “We are all hugely proud of these students - they were inspired to do something positive and, having seen the scale of the refugee crisis in Europe, they worked very hard to get their ideas off the ground and make them such a success. They have developed some very important skills during this volunteering project such as team working and event management which will help them a great deal going forward into further study or employment.”

The students decided to divide the money between a variety of charities who are supporting the refugee crisis including the Red Cross, CalAid, the Scottish Refugee Council, the Samaritans and Syria Relief.