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CMS celebrates cultural diversity with African Challenge donation

29 Aug 2016

Cumbernauld window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to engaging and supporting the communities in which it operates, after making a generous donation to a Glasgow enterprise dedicated to celebrating African cultures and heritage in Scotland.

CMS made the donation to African Challenge Scotland’s annual Multicultural Summer Event as part of its ten-year anniversary charity initiative, during which it will make ten donations of £1000 each to charities nominated by its most valued customers. ng homes, a North Glasgow housing association and esteemed CMS client, nominated African Challenge Scotland to receive the business’s latest donation.

A Glasgow-based voluntary organisation which aims to promote cohesion between Scotland’s African communities and the country’s wider population through sport and cultural exchange, African Challenge Scotland’s work focuses on relieving poverty, advancing education, and promoting cultural and sporting links between the African and Scottish population. CMS was delighted to provide sponsorship for the enterprise’s Multicultural Summer Event, a week of events celebrating African culture with the people of North Glasgow.

The third annual summer events programme organised by African Challenge Scotland (ACS) took place between 1st to 6th August 2016. The programme which brought together people of different background, ethnicity and nationality in Scotland kicked off at ng homes’ Saracen House on the 1st of August 2016 with a programme entitled “Climate Justice Conversation to Inspire and Engage Communities – Case study of Africa and Glasgow”, the week began in earnest. Events included a children’s Sports Day, a community clean-up session, and a series of talks and panels on topics including cultural heritage, global citizenship and sustainability chaired by community leaders, MP’s, MSPs and academics from Glasgow’s universities. The programme concluded with a Cultural Day at Saracen Park and community sport event at Peugeot Ashfield Stadium   – entertainment included football and handball competitions, live music, and face painting. The event week saw more than 3000 participants and supporters from the community coming together to celebrate diversity in Glasgow.

CEO of ng homes, Robert Tamburrini, said of the event: “African Challenge Scotland always organise a great day out for all the family with lots to see and do. They bring people together to embrace Scottish and African cultures and take part in a whole host of activities from sporting events to cooking demonstrations. There’s something for everyone and ng homes are keen to support African Challenge in the community.”

Ronier Deumeni, Founder of African Challenge Scotland, said “We would like to take this opportunity to thank CMS for their immense support and contribution to this year’s event; their donation was very helpful and contributed greatly towards delivering a successful event for the benefit of the whole community. We would be very happy to have the support of CMS again in the future and would also like to wish them a happy 10th anniversary”

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, CMS’s commitment to corporate social responsibility ranges from its extensive sustainability policies to its focus on creating local employment opportunities and support for community causes. The business started its ‘ten donations for ten years’ initiative in February with a donation to The Cottage Family Centre in Fife, and will continue to make endowments to local causes throughout the year.

CMS’s Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said: “African Challenge Scotland provides valuable services to many people across Scotland, and we were proud to support their Multicultural Summer Event alongside ng homes. Not only does the organisation give tangible opportunities to minority individuals through learning activities, qualifications and events; it also aims to promote principles such as equality, tolerance and respect – values which CMS unequivocally stands for. The Multicultural Summer Event was a fantastic opportunity for African Challenge Scotland to bring their wonderful work to a wider audience, and we are delighted to have been a part of that.”

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