CHRISTIAN AID and other development organisations

Christian Aid week: May 10th - 16th

Christian Aid week starts on Monday May 10th. Envelopes will be delivered to every house but this year we shall not be collecting them. Instead a letter will be enclosed explaining eight ways in which donations may be made.

The focus of Christian Aid Week is the enormous devastation caused by climate change, especially in tropical countries. In many areas crops and cattle are dying and hundreds of lives are threatened. Elsewhere floods and forest fires are causing destruction, distress and food shortages.

Kenya picture

Please support Christian Aid as the organisation tries to help struggling communities. In Kenya, for example, money has been donated for the local people to build a dam to conserve the available water. (See picture).

Christian Aid also helps to provide money for drought-resistant seeds, goats and many other resources including essential health care and educational facilities.

Also, if possible, please support the Christian Aid Climate Change Campaign by signing the petition asking the government to lead the world on ambitious climate action before and during the important climate talks in Glasgow in November. The petition may be signed online at: www.christianaid.org.uk/get involved/campaigns; or postcards are available in Church.

Thank you very much indeed for any help you are able to give.

Tools for Self-Reliance

Tools for Self-Reliance is a charity started by Bishop Desmond Tutu to supply tools to some parts of Africa in order to enable people to produce goods and earn a living.

Tools urgently required are carpentry and craft tools, farm tools, sewing machines and haberdashery items (scissors, needles, cotton …). Gardening tools are also welcomed but these will be sold to raise funds for the charity.

Larger items can be collected from your home. Smaller items may be delivered to 16 Franklands, Longton.

Please take a leaflet from the back of Church, giving further details - or phone for more information.

Fairtrade Items

I have the usual range of Fairtrade goods (tea, coffee, chocolate, cereals, nuts, cards, gardening gloves …) and am happy to supply these from home or to deliver them for you.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME

This is again available in the area for young people in Year 9 and above (13 years, 9 months and older). There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

I should be delighted to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about the Award Scheme.

Cath: 01772 613500; cathgreenlees@hotmail.co.uk.