Locals keep Afghan youngsters in pens

TAKE a bow the people of Brechin and district.

We asked you to provide us with biros and felt pens in an appeal which British Army captain Lisa Irwin said would “not only benefit the children of Aghanistan but the British Army service personnel serving here” - and the response has been very positive.

Businesses have backed our campaign, every school in the Brechin cluster has also signed up and this week it was the turn of two of Brechin’s local churches to play their part.

Doug Taylor of Brechin Cathedral handed over more than 200 pens which had been collected in the church by members of the congregation.

Doug said: “We back the Brechiner’s campaign 100 per cent of the way and are absolutely delighted to be able to help out.

“Although we have handed over our first batch of over 200 pens, it is our intention to continue with the collection for as long as is practical and we will be urging members of the church to continue their collecting.

“It really brings home how something as simple as this can make such a significant difference to the lives of the children of Afghanistan.”

Dorothy Black, office administrator at Gardner Memorial Church, said their church was equally supportive of the campaign and has also backed this up with several visits to the “Brechiner” office with batches of pens.

“We have had some feedback from the congregation, a number of whom were surprised that something as simple as a pen can make such a difference to the life of a child over there.

“These are the sort of things we all take for granted and we have been delighted with the response from the congregation.

“We will also be continuing to collect pens for the appeal.

“In fact there will be mention of the appeal in the next edition of the church’s magazine, “The Link”.

“We fully support the Brechin Advertiser in what is a very worthwhile and far-reaching campaign.”

Alan Ducat, editor of the “Brechin Advertiser” added: “Once again when it has been time for Brechiners to step up to the plate the response has been very positive.

“We have seen it on numerous occasions, when Brechiners need to mobilise and support a good cause they are never found to be wanting.

“Despite us being in the midst of a recession and many families finding life tough to make ends meet, the over-riding concerns of Brechiners throughout this campaign so far has been the well-being of others and, in this case, the well-being of needy children on the other side of the world.

“We will continue with the campaign and I urge local people to do what they can to play their part in helping us win over the hearts and minds of the youngsters of Afghanistan.”

Captain Lisa Irwin said she has been delighted with the response from her peers in Brechin and district.

“It has been better than we could have imagined. We still feel that there is more to come and we want to ask each and every local person who hasn’t made a contribution yet to do so as soon as possible.

“Steve Mitchell at the “Brechiner” has informed me that they hope to have the first batch away to us later this week and we feel there are more people who can get involved and who can change the lives of these kids in such a positive manner.

“I urge you all to keep raiding the cupboards and drawers for those biros and felt-tipped pens.”