Kelso’s 50 cows for Africa

The generosity of Kelso residents will see at least 50 cows provided to Ethiopian women and their families.

That was the theme for Christian Aid Week 2015, with the cows - costing £150 each - allowing the women to make butter they can sell and so lift themselves out of poverty.

Fundraising efforts by the Kelso Churches Together Christian Aid Action Group raised £7,521.17 from various events and activities. As well as a house-to-house collection, there was a photo exhibition, concert and quiz night with 13 teams taking part.

Ruth McGrath, Kelso Churches Together Christian Aid Co-ordinator, said church reps Elinor Docherty (Kelso North), Rhona Hastie (Kelso Old) and Moira Walsh (St Mary’s) deserved thanks for ensuring all the 61 districts were covered.

And she added: “I also thank the collectors, as without their dedication we would not raise the money. Grateful thanks also goes to the people of Kelso who, yet again, so generously supported the Christian Aid Collection.

“With the house-to-house collection and other fund raising events, the total to date stands at £7,521.17.

“It never ceases to surprise me how generous the folks of Kelso and area are; these are not easy times and yet again their generosity in giving of their time, talents and money is wonderful and is the best result we have ever had.”