We welcome our first two Scottish Refugee Council “Ambassadors”. Amal Azzudin will be familiar to many as one of campaigning group, the “Glasgow Girls”, and Dr Omar Hasan is a Consultant Cardiologist at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
Because of the many challenges facing charities today, including cuts in public funding and “compassion fatigue”, Scottish Refugee Council is spreading its wings to find fresh ways to encourage support for our work. Ambassadors are one way to promote a charity and encourage more people to engage with it in whichever way suits them best.
Many larger charities now have “celebrity” ambassadors. We’re not sure whether our Ambassador Amal Azzudin would describe herself as a celebrity but she certainly gained a name for herself as one of the “Glasgow Girls”, when she and six school friends from Drumchapel High campaigned to have one of their friends, Agnesa Murselaj, released from immigration detention. That was back in 2005 & their remarkable story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television drama.
Born in Somalia, Amal has a BA in Community Development and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics. Her passion has become her profession and she continues to campaign for human rights and social justice in Scotland through her work with the Mental Health Foundation.
In 2016, Amal was named as one of the Saltire Society's Outstanding Women of Scotland. Amal will be using those fantastic influencing skills to support the work and outreach of Scottish Refugee Council in coming months.
Dr Omar Hasan, meanwhile, is a Consultant Cardiologist at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, and has already hit the ground running, doing interviews with the press about his own refugee experience when we launched the Cup of Tea with a Refugee campaign last year. Originally from Iraq, Omar came to the UK in 2003 when war broke out, in the middle of his medical training.
“Scottish Refugee Council was my first contact when I arrived in Glasgow. I still remember the first cup of tea I was offered and I felt the warmth, care and compassion from all the staff over the next two years.”
Omar will be doing fundraising events for Scottish Refugee Council and encouraging engagement and support for us through his own professional networks.
You don’t have to be a “name” or be rich to support Scottish Refugee Council. We all have a network of friends, family and colleagues and they, too, have their own contacts with different skills and expertise.
You might want to be a fundraising volunteer or perhaps your Dad went to school with Ewan McGregor or else you’re a family friend of the Murrays…. we live in hope! If you’d like to support us in any way, do contact fundraising our Head of Fundraising Development Flutura Shala who’d be delighted to have a chat with you.