A caring nurse from Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital has travelled to Brazil to help street children who are living in poverty.
Lynn Miller, who lives in Shawlands in the city, volunteered with the charity Happy Child International which has been helping children in the Belo Horizonte region of Brazil since 1993.
Donated gifts and stationary for the trip were supplied by Glasgow Taxis Ltd, who gave Lynn pens, pencils and paper for the children. These will allow volunteers working in the charity’s six houses in the city to show care and interest in the children. Donations were also provided by Lynn’s colleagues at the New Victoria Hospital.
Happy Child charity was founded in 1993 by Sarah de Carvalho who left her job with the BBC in order to go and help street children in Belo Horizonte . Originally only intending to stay for a year, Sarah was so appalled by the dangers effecting the lives of homeless children in Brazil that she has remained in the region for 15 years, and now head the Charity’s office in England .
The charity has developed a 12 step programme to help rescue and restore children from the streets across the world, re-integrate them into the community, providing them with sanctuary, care and skills. Happy Child has rescued over 8,500 children since its formation.
Mark Pinks of Happy Child International said: “What the volunteers do is not rocket science. They show love and care and interest in the children – which the kids lap up. It helps the children in their journey back to normality”.
Lynn is currently organising a fundraising night with colleagues from the hospital in October, with all money raised going to the Happy Child Charity.
Lynn said “I was overwhelmed by the level of support for both my trip to Brazil and the fund raising night. The generosity which was displayed by all of the doctors and nurses at the Victoria, as well as Glasgow Taxis was heart warming, making a huge difference to the lives of children who need it the most”.
Senior charge nurse Juliet Boag from the New Victoria said: “We are all very impressed with Lynn for the efforts she makes to help Happy Child International and are always very happy to help out when we can when she organizes fundraising events.
“The next thing she has planned is a fun night in October with many prizes for the raffle being donated by staff from the hospital.”
Brazil has an extreme level of polarisation of wealth, with a large section of the population living below poverty lines. There is an estimated 25million street children who are faced with a whole range of difficulties such as abuse, drugs, trafficking and even murder.
Jack Ferguson, Executive Committee Member of Glasgow Taxis Ltd said “Glasgow Taxis is committed to helping charities, wherever they are carrying out their good work. When Lynn told us about the trip we were more than happy to donate stationary supplies, in the hope that it will help improve the lives of children who have been through so much. We are in the process of getting together a second donation and plan to ship this off to Brazil very soon”.
To donate to Happy Child International visit their website: www.justgiving.com/happychild/donate
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