Bath & Wells’ support for Christian Aid Week 15- 21 May
Tuesday 17th May 2011
Photo Caption:Cathy Riley in Ethiopia
Churches across the Diocese are doing their bit for Christian Aid Week, which continues until Saturday 21 May.
Hundreds of volunteers have been out collecting door to door or holding bucket collections at local supermarkets. Numerous fundraising events have also been organised, including car washing, plant and book sales, lunches, coffee mornings and sponsored walks.
On Sunday 15 May many churches held special Christian Aid services, including ecumenical services in Pill, Chew Magna, Backwell, Illminster, Watchet, Yeovil, Castle Cary and Minehead.
A special guest at some of these services was Cathy Riley from Chew Magna, who returned this week from Ethiopia where she works as Christian Aid’s Country Manager. Cathy has returned to her roots to visit community groups and churches and talk about her work, providing a real and personal insight into the struggles of ordinary Ethiopians and to let Christian Aid’s supporters see the fantastic things the money they raise is doing in different parts of the world.
Cathy said: “Having seen first hand the poverty in Ethiopia, and the life changing difference donations make, I am delighted to be involved in Christian Aid Week and support those who are raising money. Christian Aid projects in Ethiopia focus on sustainable farming, water and HIV and help to transform the lives of thousands of people each year. This simply wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of people in the UK.”
Still to come is a concert for Christian Aid Week by the Castle Cary Choir on Friday 20 May at 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church in Castle Cary. The soloist will be local mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons with conductor Martin Emslie, who is also the church organist.
Tickets are available from the ‘Buy & Save’ shop in Castle Cary or from Marilyn Simcox on 01963 351751.
And it’s not too late to take part in the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal Cycle Ride and Stride on Saturday 21 May, organised by Revd Mike Haslam of St Mary’s Church in North Petherton. If you fancy doing the 12-mile sponsored bike ride, walk or run to raise money for Christian Aid, contact Mike on 01278 661033 or email mike.haslam a_t hotmail d_o_t co d_o_t uk
To find out more about the work of Christian Aid in the West of England visit their website
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