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Celebrating #TeamCommonwealth

Humza Yousaf, External Affairs and International Development Minister

13/03/2014
Blog / International
Commonwealth Week is certainly in full swing and I have been thrilled to join in the celebrations.

On Monday I was delighted to be part of a Commonwealth Day Coffee Morning, at Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow.  The Church is home to Glasgow the Caring City Charity, who plan to run more than 120 events in the 2 weeks of the Games.  Tremendous work and I was impressed to see how much the theme of this year’s celebrations – “Team Commonwealth” was evident!  It was a true community event, with groups and organisations from all over coming together to celebrate the cultural and community aspects of the Games.

Mr Yousaf at the Commonwealth Coffee Morning in CathcartAmong the attendees were Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the RAF, the Central Mosque, Sleep Scotland, Youth Groups, as well as many sponsors and supporters.  It was great to see children at the heart of Commonwealth Day celebrations.  We were entertained by the choir from St. Vincent’s Primary School in East Kilbride, the amazing voice of Hannah Brown, as well as dancers from Kingspark Secondary School and children waving their Saltire flags with great enthusiasm.  Their excitement and memories of the day are perfect examples of the legacy the Games are leaving in Scotland!

The other highlight of my Commonwealth Week celebrations was a Members’ Debate in the Scottish Parliament, led by Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison.  I was pleased to see strong support from members in recognising that the Games are on track to be delivered on time and budget and already bringing real, tangible and lasting physical, social and economic benefits to the people of Scotland.

This was followed by a reception on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Scotland Branch.  I am delighted to say that representatives from Rwanda, Namibia and India were also able to attend.  

It may have been a different day, event and audience, but the same message prevailed – Team Commonwealth!  Working together to achieve a lasting legacy from the Games, not just for Scotland, but for our Commonwealth family too. 

I have been fortunate enough to travel with the Queen’s Baton as it progressed through India, Pakistan, Malawi and Zambia and just like at the Commonwealth Day Coffee Morning, I witnessed the sense of connection and the positive impact on young people. Team Commonwealth 2014 graphicWith just 132 days to go to the Glasgow Games, the excitement continues to build not just in Scotland, but across the Commonwealth countries. 

I hope you took the opportunity to celebrate Commonwealth Week and I hope it adds to your sense of excitement about the Games.  It is a chance to get involved, connect with your community and create a truly great legacy from Team Commonwealth!