Christian Aid Week will see Covid compliant fundraising events in March
Organisers of a charity campaign in March are hoping residents will rally to help the cause and top last year's fundraising total of over £2,800.
Next month sees Christian Aid Week, the annual big fund-raising campaign to support the charity’s work across the world and local churches are hoping people will support it.
Christian Aid Week (May 10 to May 16) remains Christian Aid’s biggest fund-raiser and without it many of Christian Aid’s projects would fold.
Christian Aid works with 700 local organisations across 50 developing countries. It works with people of all faiths or none. Working with some of the poorest people in the world, it helps people to become self-sufficient by providing tools, seeds and animals, it trains people to deal with the effects of climate change and prepares them for the threat of natural disasters. Often working through local organisations – or ‘partners’ - it also provides training and education, health care, clean water and sanitation.
Last year, despite the Covid restrictions on normal fund-raising restrictions the March Christian Aid Group raised £2,866 in Christian Aid Week, mostly through on-line activities and generous donations from the people of the town.
This year Christian Aid Week’s focus is on the impact of Covid, where funds are desperately needed to assist with hygiene measures, and drought, resulting from climate change.
In Kenya, Christian Aid is helping people in rural communities where drought has become more frequent and intense, resulting in food shortages for millions of people as crops struggle to grow. In 2020, drought was followed by relentless rainfall and flooding in some parts of the country, causing further crop damage.
With no access to reliable water sources or a way to capture rainfall, many families are pushed to the edge of survival - People like Rose, a 67-year-old widowed grandmother, who, spends hours walking 8km each way to collect water for her family.
Whilst the March Christian Aid Group is still not able to run its usual activities, they will still be raising funds, through donations, a coffee morning and auction of promises via ZOOM, a ZOOM quiz night, a quiz sheet, and a street collection in March on Saturday May 15. For more information about any of these activities, to offer help, or to receive a copy of the Quiz sheet please contact Rev Jenny Webb 01354 650855 email@example.com
Whilst donations can always be given direct to Christian Aid via their on-line donation scheme, https://www.christianaid.org.uk, if you donate via the local CA Group they can keep a tally of the amount raised locally, collect Gift Aid where relevant, and provide local feed-back. There are three ways in which you can get money to the local group:
Bank Transfer: Churches Together – Christian Aid Sort Code 30-99-77 a/c Number 00598241
Cheque: payable Churches Together in March Christian Aid, and sent to 3, Wherry Close, March, PE15 9BX
Cash: delivered to the above address when you are on your daily exercise walk, or when it is safe to do so.