Pay it forward for St Andrew’s Day
Scots everywhere are being urged to follow the example of the country’s patron saint and do a good deed on St Andrew’s Day to celebrate the nation’s history, culture and shared values.
The #BeLikeStAndrew campaign launchd in Edinburgh today marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – which opens with St Andrew’s Day on 30 November, followed by Hogmanay, and then Burns Night.
According to the campaign #BeLikeStAndrew the former Galilean fisherman, who was one of Jesus’s 12 apostles, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.
“These are characteristics which people all over the word recognise in Scots, and of which Scots are rightly proud,” claims the campaign website.
“Initially, St Andrew’s Day was a way for homesick Scots to get together and help each other out; the first Society of St Andrews was set up in Charleston, South Carolina, on the 30th of November, 1729, dedicated to offering support to Scottish migrants in distress. There are still many Societies all around the world dedicated to benevolent purposes.
“So, on the 30th of November, let’s keep up this tradition and be like St Andrew by sharing an act of kindness with someone else.”
The campaign organisers say that an act of kindness doesn’t have to be big or clever but if every Scot does something, however small, it will all add up to create something really special.
“Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need,” said Alasdair Allan, Scotland’s Minister for International Development and Europe.
“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for people across Scotland to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others.”