Meet the Team
Over the past couple of weeks we have been introducing our Project Truth Team on Facebook and it’s been a fun way to get to know them a little bit better and also to see the diverse range of hobbies, interests and professions involved. It helps us see how talented, intellectual, dedicated yet normal these young people are. Ordinary people called to do extraordinary things!
I for one can’t wait to be on the Roadshow this year. There has been an incredible amount of things to organise and at times, as you can imagine, it’s all been a bit crazy! There have been days where absolutely nothing has come together and it’s been a real struggle upstream. But then there are days where everything fits into place! It’s also been a real joy to not only liaise with the young people involved and get to know some of them a bit better, but it’s been very touching to see how many of our supporters have offered their help and done so with great passion. It’s amazing what support we have and how many people are willing to help with transport; hold events and make meals for us while we are travelling and help financially. The Sisters of the Gospel of Life are holding a kick-off / training event for us in Glasgow the night before we head off; one member of our Edinburgh branch will be cooking a meal for us on the night we are in Edinburgh; members of our Dundee branch will be entertaining us while we’re there and a supporting Priest has arranged accommodation for us on one of the nights. The Knights of St Columba have been extremely supportive and many will be helping with transport between cities, as are other volunteers. The Knights will also be hosting a closing event for us to welcome us back from the Roadshow. It will take place at the Knights of St Columba hall in Moodiesburn on Friday 12th August at 7.30pm. All are welcome, tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children (however they ask that children are above primary school age). Please do join us to celebrate our journey if you can! You can contact SPUC Scotland for more information about tickets or check out the Facebook events page here.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these courageous young people. Have a look for yourself and see what a diverse group we have and how many different gifts they can bring to not only the 2016 Project Truth Roadshow, but to the future of the pro-life movement in Scotland, and beyond!
“Hello everyone, I’m Louise. I’m Development Officer for SPUC Scotland and Co-ordinator for ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care & Helpline). I also now co-ordinate Project Truth. Over the past few years, Rachel Munro has done an incredible job with initiating and developing Project Truth and it was a real honour to be able to take over the reins from her in January. I began my active pro-life work 6 years ago when I began volunteering for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative – which I still do to this day! Volunteering there opened many doors for me including allowing me to become more confident in discussing pro-life issues and allowing me to become more involved in activism. Over the years my compassion has grown for those experiencing crisis pregnancies and for those who are struggling after an abortion decision. This has given me the drive to not only help those in need but to actively try my best to counteract the culture of death which sadly surrounds today’s society and has subsequently lead me to the work I am doing today.”
“Alright troops, I’m Jamie. I’m a Law Student at Strathclyde University and I’m a Freelance Musician. I became involved with the Pro-Life movement in Scotland around 18 months ago after being roped into some volunteer work with the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative… and ever since I have never been able to escape! My time working with the pro-life movement has been totally life changing. It’s always been an issue I’ve cared about, but I’ve only recently had the opportunity to get properly involved: and it has been monumental. There are a lot of political causes to get involved in, but to know you are really standing up for the weakest and most marginalised is really enlightening and powerful. My work has encouraged me to gear my future career motivations towards defending Human Rights in the legal field, and I credit that entirely to my time working in Pro-Life activism. And Project Truth is certainly one way of getting involved! I’m buzzing for this year’s roadshow!”
“Hey everyone I’m Catherine. I’m 20 and currently studying chemistry at Strathclyde uni. I have been involved in the pro-life movement since starting high school and have taken part in the last two Project Truth Roadshows which are always great! I’m looking forward to being able to get into discussions about the pro-life movement and give out information about the first 10 weeks of pregnancy which can be vital in making a difference to someone considering an abortion. I’m excited to be able to get out and talk to the public again.”
“Rebecca here! I work full time as a youth & community worker for a charity called ‘The Attic’ who do outreach work with children, young people and families. If I’m not at work you’ll probably find me doing something music related… playing, listening, writing, or attending some form of gig.
My sister encouraged me to do Project Truth last year so I went for it and I loved it. It totally boosted my confidence in getting out there and sharing my views after a lot of positive conversations with people on the street. Abortion is rarely spoken about even though it’s such a big part of our culture, so it’s important to get out there and get people thinking about it. It was also a lot of fun being with the rest of the team and getting to know everyone, so I’m excited to be heading back on the road this year!”
“Hello all, my name’s Sean Deighan. I’ve just finished a Physics degree at Strathclyde University and recently started work as a Youth Officer at the Archdiocese of Glasgow. I was brought up to believe that life was a good thing: that all life was precious and special, no matter how small- and from my own experience I found this to be true time and time again. When I first learned what abortion was I was baffled that life was so callously thrown away and destroyed by this use of “freedom”. I didn’t understand how the line “my body my choice” justified killing an unborn child, so from early on I was staunchly Pro-life. As I got older, I got increasingly involved with the Pro-life movement to try and counteract the advance of the throw-away culture we now live in. To that end I took part in pro-life marches, the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign
and last years’ Project Truth. Choosing to get involved in Pro-life work and challenging the status quo of what a University student should stand up for changed my life and showed me what was really important and worth raising my voice for. Project Truth in particular motivated me to fight the injustice of abortion to the best of my ability as over the course of the roadshow it became apparent how widespread this injustice is in our society. Following the roadshow, I, along with friends, founded a Pro-life society at Strathclyde University against great odds and opposition from some other members of the Student’s union.
Pro-life work is so important, fulfilling, and necessary, especially today and that is why I’m back for round 2 of Project Truth!”
“My name is Jess. I have lived in Wales for the past 11 years- studying medicine. Just about to qualify as a GP. My interest in pro-life work started when I was in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 5 years ago. I was horrified to discover how common abortion is and was upset by the unborn child not having any rights. As a doctor I was used to doing everything possible to save the life of a patient, no matter what their background or abilities. Sitting in a termination of pregnancy clinic was devastating- seeing the scans of beautiful little babies, realising that in 2 days time they would be dead and nothing would be done to try and save their lives. I found it hard to believe that abortion had been invented, let alone carried out in the name of healthcare. I subsequently spent some time during a year out volunteering with the Good Counsel Network in London and was pleasantly surprised at how many women booked in for abortions do change their minds and keep their babies when offered real support. For a long time I have felt a call to the religious life. After much searching and praying (on several continents!) I hope to get one step closer to living that dream by joining the Sisters of the Gospel of Life later this year. Visiting them in Glasgow is how I got to know Louise and hear about Project Truth!”
“Hello there everyone, I’m Megan-Kate, however most people know me as Meg! Currently I study Economics & Psychology as an undergraduate student at the University of Strathclyde. I have a great deal of personal interests including music, art, sports, science photography, the study of people and the mind– you name it! In particular I enjoy playing the piano, busting a move in Karate classes or just taking the time to quietly read a novel in my room.
Since I moved to Glasgow for university, I have slowly begun to regain my faith and get more involved in the Church, which in turn has sparked my interest for sharing the truth about Pro-Life. I feel that sadly in today’s day and age, abortion has been a growing concern. As a person who advocates Pro-Life, I feel that it is vital to spread the word and inform people of the great blessing that life brings to all of us. Having worked with people with a range of physical and mental needs at the Quarrier’s charity in the past as a volunteer, I have worked first-hand with vulnerable people who had been considered for abortion early on in the pregnancy due to their conditions. Seeing them thriving in their own unique ways and enjoying the opportunities and gifts of life just as any other person would, felt uplifting but also crushing to know that this could have not been the case. My wish is, that as a society we can tackle the taboo that revolves around abortion, and help to support those who have indeed endured crisis pregnancies or suffered after an abortion, with humanity, empathy and grace.
This is my first time participating in the Project Truth Roadshow, however I feel that it is a wonderful experience for those who feel passionately about protecting and valuing the life of the unborn child.”
“My name’s Michael. I’m 21 and a 4th year Law student at Glasgow. I’ve been pro-life since I was 8 years old, when I heard my dad talking about an American politician who was in favour of abortion. I asked him what that word meant, and when he told me I just couldn’t believe that such a thing was possible. I still can’t.
I’m getting involved with Project Truth for the first time this year because I’ve seen first hand how positive, enthusiastic and worthwhile pro-life activism can be. It’s a terrific witness and a terrific service. This country can do so much more to love and care for unborn children and their mothers. Sharing our statuses and links online is one thing, but we need to engage with people face to face, ‘heart to heart’ if we will change those hearts and minds.
I’m looking forward to working with the Team in August, and I’m sure our efforts will be fruitful.”
“Hello! My name is Mollie and I have just graduated from Glasgow University. I have trained to be a secondary school CDT teacher, and I will start my first job in August. Wish me luck! I am also a massive anime enthusiast and I am regularly at the cinema buzzing to see the next superhero flick or kids animation. I am also a massive foody, and odds are you can find me in a nice Italian restaurant most nights of the week!
I am brand new to the Project Truth Roadshow but I joined because I want to share the truth, that mothers and fathers deserve better than abortion. Every life is precious and everyone deserves the support needed to have their baby. I have done some work with The Sisters of The Gospel of Life and they have shown me the beauty, and value of standing up for the defenseless in our society. Their time spent with women giving them the resources and support needed to have their baby is inspiring and the main reason I am here today. There is no bigger injustice in our society against women and children than abortion. My hope, through this project, is to show women who feel they have no options left but the pain of abortion, an alternative full of love and hope.”
I became involved in the pro-life movement when I was 18, through a weekly outreach session in Belfast with a campaign to close down the abortion clinic that opened up. The thought of an abortion procedure is both, horrific and heartbreaking and to come to terms with the fact it is legal is very difficult for me. So, with any injustice you should do your part to end it. Like Mother Teresa said ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’ Project Truth offers that platform to cause a ripple by exposing the reality of abortion and how it hurts both, women and unborn children.
I’m a newbie to Project Truth and so I am aware that this will be challenging but we are not called to sit back and allow this to continue, we are called to be courageous.”
That’s Our Team!
Stay tuned for more updates from our Roadshow in August! Please save the date for our celebration night on 12th August which was mentioned above! We would love to have you celebrate with us.
If you would like to make a donation towards this year’s Roadshow then we would be delighted to have your help and support. You can send a cheque made out to “SPUC Scotland” but include a note saying it is a contribution towards Project Truth. Or you can call the office to make a donation over the phone : 0141 221 2094