CHARITY IN FOCUS


May:  Christian Aid

www.christianaid.org.uk



We will be having our usual door to door street collections which are a vital part of our fund raising efforts, bringing in well over £1000 each time.

If you can spare some time to help in this then please sign up against a street on the flip chart in the porch of the church.

About Christian Aid

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Our vision   Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives.

Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality. From April 2012, Christian Aid's work has been focused around the goals and objectives identified in our corporate strategy, 'Partnership for change – the power to end poverty' .

Our essential purpose   

To expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world,  to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

Our mandate   

We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication.  Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a  practical love and care for our neighbours.

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:

Alison Reynolds tel: 01689 858929 alisonreynolds306@hotmail.com.

Money Raised for Charity 2016:

Month Charity
 
Jan/Feb The Medaille Trust £300
March Water Aid £1,360
April/May Christian Aid* £974
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,281)
Jul/Aug Friends of the PRUH £585
Sept/Oct Friends of St. Giles £464
November Crisis £1,003
December Welcare in Bromley £1,463
     
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,149
  (Total in 2015 £8,576)

* excludes street collections £1,141

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Charities for 2017:

The schedule for 2017 includes one extra month. We had many offers to support a charity in 2016, and were not able to include all those who wanted to take on one of the slots.

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of the charities, and in anticipation, to those who will support their efforts.
 
Month
Charity
Jan / Feb The Maypole Project
March Water Aid
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Médecins Sans Frontières
September The Stroke Association
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD)
(Toys and gifts from the Toy Service to go to Welcare in Bromley)
 
If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Alison Reynolds tel: 01689 858929 alisonreynolds306@hotmail.com.


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