Introduction for MWL Christmas Newsletter
As a child, this was the season of snow sweeping. Our parents encouraged us to think of others, the pennies earned from the snow sweeping were all given for the children who were starving in Africa. This was no bravado act but just part of life at this time, as was singing as a family in the maternity ward on Christmas day hoping to bring cheer to Mother’s awaiting a new birth. MWL is following in this tradition in a country where volunteering was forced during the communist regime as a form of slave labour. To reintroduce volunteering and fund giving for charity, is difficult in most East European countries because of this stigma, which remains in the mentality.
MWL is going counter cultural by having a splendid Gala Evening on December 14th to celebrate our 5th anniversary. To make the event an opportunity many will join us in the celebration and therefore the mission, as co workers, through contributing to the evening with goods for auctioning on the night and by buying a ticket as a contribution to the on-going work of combating modern day slavery. What an opportunity! Volunteering, broad based organising for social change, advocacy and awareness raising is a way of reaching out and crying out: ‘Enough is enough!’
We invite you all at this time of ‘Good will to all people’, to come and join us and effect change, raise your voice and take action as a United Response.
Imelda Poole IBVM (MWL President)