Walk for Maggie’s on 25 October

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Local News, Uncategorized

Maggie’s Centre Glasgow celebrated its sixth anniversary with a fund raising walk around Glasgow on Saturday 25 October. The event was attended by former Olympic runner Yvonne Murray MBE. Yvonne said: ‘I have had close family members with cancer who received fantastic support from using Maggie’s. I am looking forward to taking part in the walk.’

Starting at Kelvingrove Park, the walk followed a circular trail taking in landmarks such as Glasgow Cathedral, the People’s Palace and Glasgow Green where lunch was ready.

A second Maggie’s centre is planned for Glasgow at Gartnavel Hospital. If you would like to take part, call Claire Devlin on 0141 341 5670 or visit www.maggiescentres.org/lifewalks

Rajana Hospital New Home

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Glasgow South, Local News

Mohammad Sarwar Glasgow Central MP founder and Chairman of the Rajana Foundation Hospital, with all the board members and all donaters to the hospital at the opening dinner at their new offices in Govanhill.The new offices of Pakistan Foundation International (PFI), which runs and funds the Rajana Foundation Hospital, in Pakistan, were opened at Network House, Calder Street, in Govanhill. They are much bigger than the previous ones which were behind the Habib Bank in Norfolk Street.

Around 150 people attended the opening ceremony which was done during Ramadan (a month in which Muslims fast from sunlight to sunset)

The hospital board members along with the founder, Mohammad Sarwar, Westminster MP for Glasgow Central and Maulana Mohammed Faroghul-Quadri of  the Glasgow Islamic Academy said a prayer to bless the premises.

Mr Sarwar thanked the board and the volunteers for their hard work and thanked everyone who had given donations.

The hospital was set up in 2005 by Mr Sarwar after a visit to Pakistan when he observed that abject poverty meant that poor and vulnerable people could not access any proper medical services. Only people with money could get medical attention. This prompted him to set up an easily accessible hospital where the charges are a quarter of those at other hospitals.

Toba Tek Singh District in Pakistan has 1.7 million people. Many live in rural areas which lack clean water and basic sanitation. Malnutrition is commonplace. These factors add up to a multitude of preventable health problems. The Rajana Foundation hospital is located in this District and provides quality and affordable healthcare for most of the poorest people in the area.

The annual budget for the 65 bed hospital is £150,000, and it dealt with 54,000 patients last year. There are 120 staff with 20 consultants and 9 surgeons. The hospital recently received a 50 million Rupees (£370, 600) donation from Mian Shabaz Sharif, the brother of Nawaz Sharif, a former Prime Minister of Pakistan. The money will be used to build a floor at the top of the building for dentists and opticians. A 35 bed Hospital, called Rai Al Nawaz, will open this month (October 2008)  in the Chichawatni district of Sahiwal. It cost £300,000 to build and will have around 50 staff.

The annual running costs will be £75,000.

To make a donation contact: Pakistan Foundation International (PFI), Network House 311 Calder Street, Glasgow, G42 7NQ. Tel: 0141 585 8024. Website: www.pakistanfoundation.com


Coffee Day In Gorbals Library

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Glasgow South, Local News

staff and readers at Gorbals Library and Learning Centre had fun when they raised a cup of coffee and £271 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.Gorbals Library and Learning Centre raised £271 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity with an all-day coffee event.

Tea, coffee and cakes were all contributed.

Margaret Cawley who enjoyed a cup of coffee with her Mum, said: ‘We are really happy to support this charity. They do a wonderful job in helping people who suffer from cancer.’

Irene Turnbull, Library Manager said: ‘I thank all the people of Gorbals who attended and gave so generously to this worthy cause. A special thank you to library staff  for all their hard work in making this event such a huge success.’

This is the 18th year of the Macmillan annual Coffee Morning. Last year 325 people from Glasgow raised a total of £90,000. This year it is  hoped to raise more.

Kirsten Bruce, Fundraising Manger for Glasgow said: ‘Everyone who takes part is helping us raise the money to provide vital local cancer services-and they also have a great time. Our coffee morning hosts always enjoy their events. I’m sure this is one of the reasons it’s still so popular after 18 years.’