Cash for Glass Update

31st Jan 2016

Well our glass bottle collection is over and thanks to your donations we've raise £840!

The money has been divided up between two organisations. Glasgow City Mission who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and children in Glasgow, and Govan Junior Pipe Band.

Thank you to everyone who contributed bottles and to the campaign in any way! A special thank you to Beattie Demolition in Kilsyth who made a huge donation of 1,500 bottles and to local band Girobabies who wrote a jingle for the campaign.

Stay tuned for our next project...

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Cash for Glass Fundraiser is Back!

6th Nov 2015

Back in 1993, charity founder Chris Feeney kickstarted his fundraising with a glass bottle collection. 22 years on Sunny-sid3up is relaunching the "Don't be Stingie Geez yur Gingies" campaign.

Before the bounty on glass bottles runs out on the 31st of December we aim to collect as many as we can...WE NEED YOUR BOTTLES! Please drop any of your empties in at our shop or if you have lots, give us a call and we will come and collect them. All money raised will go to a deserving local charity. Thank You!

Bottle collection 1993

Hillwood Boys Club Sponsorship


We are pleased to announce we will be sponsoring a Hillwood Boys Club team for their upcoming season. Hillwood BC was founded in 1966 by the Smith Family who at the time invested £20 to buy the team's first set football strips. Hillwood BC was the first non-denominational club in Glasgow and helped to break down many of the religious barriers that existed in youth football at the time. Since its beginnings, Hillwood BC has grown from strength to strength as an amateur team and has helped produce many talented players including Kenny Burns, Alex McLeish, Tommy Coyne, Bobby Hutchinson and Owen Coyle to name but a few. The club continues to play an important role in serving the community of Pollok and its surrounding areas. It provides a great way for Glasgow's young people aged 4-21 to keep active and develop life skills and qualities through their engagement in sport.

Having sponsored Hillwood BC a few years ago, we are very pleased to be able to support them again. We would also like to thank them for sending their sponsored strips from a few years ago over to Africa.

Hillwood Boys Club Shirt Hillwood Boys Club team

Investment in Youth of Pollok


Sunny-sid3up has committed £5500 to The Core CLD, an organisation providing community learning services to the youth of Pollok. Operating out of St Convals Church Hall on Hapland Road The Core CLD was established to tackle issues facing young people who live in Greater Pollok and the surrounding areas. They offer a range of services including youth clubs, street work, issue based projects, sports groups, groups for young people with additional support needs and youth work training. They aim to continue to develop these services so that they directly meet the needs of young people in the community.

This has been a great achievement for Sunny-sid3up to be able to support The Core CLD and give back to the community who have been so supportive of us. Thanks again to everyone for your support.

Core CLD logo

The following project stories were written by Sunny-sid3up founder, Chris Feeney:

Fire Range - A Band in Polhena, Matara


I met these lads on my second visit to Sri Lanka. Budika, the band leader and the lads are very dedicated to their music. When I first went to practice, I could not help but notice their equipment was of very poor quality. With the help of “Sunny Govan” community radio and a few musical friends back home, I managed to raise money and get equipment for them on my next trip home. They received a new amp, symbols, strings, drum sticks, pedals, leads, mikes and many other bits and bobs.

Over the years as the equipment came in, both sound and confidence improved and now they are doing well and have many engagements most months for weddings and private parties.

Sahara trek for asthma society

Rohana Special School, Sri Lanka


With the help from “Sunny Govan Community Radio” in Govan, Glasgow we managed to raise a small amount of money in the first year to buy a fax machine for the school. In 2007 we took it a little further, with campaign, "don’t be stingy gees yur gingies", we were able to raise £500. I spent 6 weeks in the school as a maintenance man, fixing windows, doors, fixed all the showers, painted 3 rooms, prepped 2 more many other other small but worthwhile jobs. With the voluntary help from Tharindu and Saman whom I met on the Asiri hotel project, this would not have been possible. Thanks guys.

As Rohana is a residential school for around 50 boys and 50 girls, it relies on donations for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Instead of having a party for my birthday Tharindu, Saman and I cooked a special dinner for all the children and staff. I even managed to organise an ice -cream van (Tuk-Tuk) to come into the school with ice lollies for everyone. When you see a smile on a kids face it just melts me (pardon the pun).

One of my great achievements was helping a young girl who stayed in a village far inland. I was told about her by a very generous lady Heidi from Switzerland. She met her a year before and asked if I could help in any way. I approached the Rohana head teacher and he agreed to give her a placement in the school, something they wouldn't normally do with because of here age...but as I was helping they would make an exception. In August 2010 I met this young girl again at the school and she is doing very good, now she is communicating with all the other children, after all those years where she thought she was the only person who could not hear.

This is when I knew I could help make a difference in people's lives. I can't change their lives, they have to do that themselves, but I found a talent ok mum dad from you, I could make things happen, my dad was a very persuasive guy larger than life but taught me many many thing that I still use to get to my greatness. I did not appreciate them at the time, but he knew they would surface at the right time. I love you mum & dad for your patience and letting me do and make all the mistakes to get to this point, life is about learning and I had great teachers. I think a mistake is only a mistake if you do it twice, the first is just a learning curve.

UPDATE 2015: Since Sunny-sid3up's visit several years ago, Rohana Special School has grown exponentially. The school now has new classrooms, boys and girls dormitories, uniforms, a library, a computer lab, modern toilet facilities, specially trained teachers and more pupils and charity support than ever before. We are delighted to see how far Rohana has come since Chris's visit. We really hope Rohana achieves its goal of becoming the best special school in Sri Lanka.

Pupils at Rohana Special School Pupil at Rohana Special Scool Pupils at Rohana Special Scool

Asian Tsunami & Birth of Sunny-sideup


India was my first ever experience of being involved in an international project. I learned so much about myself. Never in my life had I seen such poverty and destruction. I worked with a great team of volunteers helping to build a full community in Pondicherry in Chennai, a fishing village totally wiped out by the raging Tsunami of 2004. It consisted of around 110 houses, community hall and medical centre. Mr Pat Smith (our team leader) inspired me so much on this project. He is a great visionary and was never scared to roll up his sleeves and chip in when needed, getting his own hands dirty. There was no 'us and them' attitude at all. We all worked as an efficient team to achieve our goals and targets. To this day, Pat still inspires me. On every project I have done I always think of my first project in India and Pat's leadership skills and patience when confronted with a tricky situation – it is very normal for things to go wrong or not according to plan on a project- so being patient is very important.

This is where sunny-sid3up was born. I had no name at that point but I knew this was what I wanted to do – help people to help themselves out of the poverty trap, and with a little helping hand and a good foundation to restart and get on with their lives.

Images of the Asian Tsunami 2004

Sahara Trek for Asthma Society

Dec 2001

The Sahara trek was my first taste of adventure, and it all started from having a bad day at work. I turned the page in the newspaper I was reading and saw an advert for fundraising for the Asthma Society by walking over part of the Sahara Desert. Thinking this would get me out of work for 10 days, little did I know it was the turning point in my life. I raised over the $2,500 needed to do the trip.

Since this first adventure I have been involved in projects in; India, Sri Lanka, Mississippi, Mexico Haiti and many small project here in Sri Lanka, affected by the Tsunami in 2004.

Sahara trek for Asthma Society