Fun for all faiths

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YOUNGSTERS of every faith descended on the Maccabi centre recently to learn more about each other’s cultures.

Over 100 children, youth leaders and educators met at the Giffnock facility for Children’s Fun Diversity Day, run in partnership with East Renfrewshire’s Hindu, Sikh, Christianity and Judaism communities.

Attendees included the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, Boys Brigade, Scouts and Girl Guiding East Renfrewshire, and events included food tasting, dress up sessions and the chance to learn traditional dances from various cultures.

The day was rounded off by team games, including a grand tug o’ war match, and the Maccabi centre’s Sue Faber told The Extra that it was a resounding success.

Sue commented: “I think every person learned something about a faith which was not their own.

“This will help to promote understanding, tolerance and harmony within our community, which is the aim of Diversity Day”.

Usman Ali, youth leader at the Woodfarm Education Centre (WEC) added: “I was very pleased to help Woodfarm and Maccabi – along with the many other supporting organisations – to organise East Ren’s diversity day for the second year running.

“It was a huge success and I would like to thank my fellow youth leaders, who helped make the day very memorable”.

Organisers welcomed sponsorship from East Renfrewshire council, and both provost Alastair Carmichael and council leader Jim Fletcher attended on the day.

Other sponsors included East Ren Faith Forum, Sport Scotland Active Schools, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Scottish Police Muslim Association, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, Church of Scotland and Whole Foods.