Febuary - Zimbabwe A National Emergency (ZANE)

I have been moved to support the work of ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) following the account of one of our parishioners whose family were forced from their farm in rural Zimbabwe and the destitution and poverty that they and their farm workers experienced as a consequence.

ZANE is a small charity with few overheads and does an outstanding and vital work often in dangerous and fraught circumstances. Thank you in advance for your help and support in this.

This appeal is in memory of Isobel Osbourne who lived in Zimbabwe and was a keen supporter of ZANE. Sadly she died last year. Matthew

Over five million people in Zimbabwe require urgent food aid – a huge number of them children. In addition, thousands of children are not attending school, their parents unable to afford the school fees.

Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa facing famine and extreme poverty. ZANE: Zimbabwe a National Emergency is a UK based charity providing aid and relief to the most impoverished communities in Zimbabwe. ZANE helps us reach more children in desperate need of help.

Some key facts about Zimbabwe today:

• Zimbabwe is now one of the poorest countries in the world.

• Over five million people require urgent food aid.

• Zimbabwe has no welfare state. Children can only attend school if their parents can pay the school fees. People can only receive medical treatment if they can afford to pay for it.

• Over 90% of people are unemployed.

NNine reasons to support ZANE:

1. ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to 1,800 impoverished pensioners with nowhere else to turn. Only those genuinely in need of assistance receive it.

2. Donors can choose which area of ZANE’s work they wish to support.

3. ZANE was recently the Telegraph Group Overseas Charity of the year.

4. ZANE is looking after over 600 aged and frail veterans and their widows. These people fought for the Crown in WW2, Malaya, Korea and Aden. Despite their loyal service to the UK, the overwhelming majority are living with insufficient food and limited healthcare.

5. ZANE runs education programmes in the high-density areas assisting women and children living in extreme poverty.

6. ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 3,440 children have received treatment to date.

7. ZANE funds the provision of prosthetic limbs for victims of landmine explosions and treatment for people with hearing loss.

8. ZANE's funds are subject to rigorous audit and ZANE is proud that since its foundation it has never lost money to collapsed banks, middlemen or corruption.

9. An independent consultancy reviewed ZANE and the report stated: “The charity thrives on its responsiveness, flexibility and lack of bureaucracy. Operationally ZANE is frugal, focused and effective in delivering aid to the needy.

” If you want to save a life then please support ZANE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

• £240 covers the entire cost of the treatment for one child with clubfoot

• £490 will bring the gift of sound to one child

• £550 will pay for the equipment for twelve children attending a popup classroom in a township for an entire year.

Charities to be supported 2019

This is the provisional list of charities to be supported in 2019. The list is subject to PCC. approval.

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Helen Roberts

See below for totals raised for charity 2018.


About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator: Helen Roberts, contact details above.

Money Raised 2018:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* excludes street collections.


Charity Film Night:
Charade (1963)

Wednesday 20th March 8:00pm
St. Giles Centre

Charade is a 1963 American romantic comedy mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Marin.

It spans three genres: suspense thriller, romance and comedy. Because Universal Pictures published the movie with an invalid copyright notice, the film entered the public domain in the United States immediately upon its release  

The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for having been filmed on location in Paris, for Henry Mancini's score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder.

Charade has received generally positive reviews from critics, and was additionally noted to contain influences of genres such as whodunit, screwball and spy thriller. It has also been referred to as "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made".