Christian Aid's Norfolk plea to stand with world's poor
Churches and residents of Norfolk are being invited to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in new and innovative ways during Christian Aid Week (May 10-16), after almost £100,000 was raised locally last year.
Churches in Norfolk raised almost £100,000 last Christian Aid Week, through events, collections and all sorts of activities. This went towards the £8 million raised nationwide which made a difference to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Covid-19 is making challenging situations much worse for many living in poverty around the world.
Julian Bryant, Norfolk’s Christian Aid Church Engagement worker, said: “In Sierra Leone there are no intensive care beds and in Malawi there is just one intensive care bed for every one million people. In refugee camps, we support tens of thousands of people who are not able to keep socially distant from one other and 40% of the world’s population does not have access to soap and water. It is at times like these – testing and painful times – that we recognise we are all in this together. Please, please donate to make a difference. Christian Aid’s work is needed as much as ever before.”
Churches and individuals can donate through the Christian Aid Week website, or they can or ask people to donate though an e-envelope.
Alternatively the Norwich Christian Aid Group has set up a JustGiving Christian Aid page for local churches to donate to
With daily quizzes and live-streamed worship, supporters can also be involved from their own homes and could take part in the 300,000 steps in May fundraising challenge which will be run through Facebook. Some groups are arranging online plant sales, while others are doing sponsored runs, cycle rides or walks in their own homes and gardens. Rowan Williams, Kate Bottley and Giles Fraser are holding an online quiz on behalf of Christian Aid.
Resources, which are still being added to, can be found at: caweek.org/virtualresources
Pictured above, a medic carries out an assessment on a Rohingya patient at a camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Picture by Christian Aid.