SI Canterbury marked Burns Night with a Virtual Supper and entertainment, raising £110 for Justice and Care.
Until we did our research we hadn’t realised that, before becoming famous, Robbie Burns was part of the slave trade when he worked on a Jamaican sugar plantation. He became an abolitionist, writing poems such as The Slave’s Lament, hated injustice and was eventually able to return to Scotland.
The abolitionists’ badges contained the words:
Am I not a man and a brother?
Or as we sing with our Burns,
‘that man to man the world o’er, shall brothers be for a’ that.
It was a lovely evening with all the traditional elements together with joyful and poignant moments from poetry and song. We look forward to being together again instead of singing Auld Lang Syne on Zoom.