Church in Weald reaches milestone number of years fundraising for Christian Aid

  • Local church one of the most active supporters of Christian Aid Week in Kent
  • Final open garden fundraising event on Sunday 20 May
  • £32,000 raised over the last five years

St. George’s Church of England church in Weald has reached an impressive milestone of over 50 years of prolific fundraising for the global relief organisation Christian Aid, as it embarked this week on yet another jam-packed schedule of activities in aid of the charity’s; Christian Aid Week runs between 13 – 19 May

Over the last five years alone, a massive £32,000 has been raised by the church, which is thought to have begun supporting Christian Aid’s traditional week of fundraising since at least the 1960s; Christian Aid Week first began in 1957.

The focus of Christian Aid Week this year is the plight of the more than 40 million people displaced around the world, but who remain within their own countries, including those in Haiti.  The people of Weald’s activities will help support the charity’s work around the world, such as that with the hurricane-devastated communities of Haiti.

Church member Phil Johnson, who coordinates events alongside other dedicated members of the village said, that the Week has become a calendar event for the whole community:

“What is so wonderful is that this brings the whole community together, not just those who come to church. Everyone joins in and appreciates the important work of Christian Aid.

“By the end we’re very tired, but it is a ‘good’ tired, as we know we are making a difference.”

Activities this year include: a family dog walk, youth disco, farm visit with tractor ride, quiz night, concert, Stool Ball match, and an open garden event; all with a good helping of teas, coffees and cakes for generous donors to buy.

Vicar of St. George’s Weald, the Rev Mandy Carr said: “What the team here do is incredible and none of it would be possible without the generous support of our local community – to whom we are so grateful.”

So impressive is the fundraising that Christian Aid are to feature the church and the community’s efforts in a short thank you film.

David Muir, Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for Kent, said; “St George’s arranges one of the most impressive weeks of community activities during Christian Aid Week in the whole of the county.  They not only raise a fantastic amount for our work, they have so much fun together doing it!”

Weald Village Open Gardens Safari in aid of Christian Aid, with cream teas and a plant sale, takes place on Sunday 20 May, on the Green from 2pm to 5.30pm. Six gardens will be open in and around Weald; a map is available to explore.  Entrance is by donation.

To find out more about Christian Aid Week visit: www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week

 




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