Rotary visitors welcomed to Holyrood

Iain Gray MSP has welcomed visitors from Dunbar Rotary Club and their Indian guests from Kalimpong to the Scottish Parliament.

The Indian visitors had come from Kalimpong in North-East India as part of a twinning visit arranged by Lothian Presbytery.

They are also involved in a long-term collaborative humanitarian project with Dunbar and other clubs, the Sadhu Sundar Singh Project.

The project, which began in 2011, has been undertaking activity aimed at helping to support sustainable work for local residents and tackle the trafficking of girls and young women in the Kalimpong area.

It aims to create awareness and sensitise the community on anti-trafficking (including HIV and AIDS), provide vocational training for a sustainable livelihood for young people and establish a shelter home for vulnerable young women and girls.

Mr Gray met the group at Holyrood, gave them a tour of the Parliament building and answered their questions about the work that goes on there.

“I was delighted to welcome the members of Dunbar Rotary Club and their guests from Kalimpong to Holyrood. They have been working in partnership, along with other clubs and the Church of Scotland, to help tackle the trafficking of local girls and women.

“It is a really important initiative supporting vulnerable young women and girls in that area and I’m proud that a group from East Lothian has been so instrumental in developing such a successful project. I was very pleased to give them a tour of Parliament and chat to them about this fantastic collaborative project.”

Robin Hamilton of Dunbar Rotary Club, said:

“I thank Iain Gray for welcoming us and our guests from NE India to the Scottish Parliament. Since 2011 Kalimpong and Dunbar Rotaries have been working together on a humanitarian project focused on vocational training and trafficking and we welcomed the opportunity to tell Iain more about the positive difference it is making to the lives of people in the area.”