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I Witness exhibition

'It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view' - Oscar Romero

Margaret Boden, David McNair and senator David Norris outside Irish parliament

I Witness is a touring exhibition featuring images and artwork showing the life-changing work taking place in Haiti today, as witnessed by three of our supporters whose family members had left a legacy gift to Christian Aid. They saw first hand how those legacies are transforming lives.

The purpose of this exhibition is to raise awareness of Christian Aid’s work in Haiti and show some of the positive developments which have taken place since the devastating earthquake of 2010.

The projects featured are from Christian Aid’s local partners in Haiti, Village Solidarité, Aprosifa and Veterimed. All of them show the change that has been brought about through the generosity of Christian Aid supporters and the different ways in which they give, act and pray.  The focus of these stories are the individuals, families and communities who have been helped through the support of Christian Aid partners in Haiti. 

I Witness tells the story of how legacy and in memory gifts represent so much more than financial contributions; they embody an individual’s passion, faith and commitment to bring about change in the lives of others.  We also know that individuals are inspired to remember Christian Aid in their Will by other people and their stories, or by shared personal experiences – not by statistics.

Exhibition dates

Elphin & Ardagh Diocese

Venue: St Mary's & St John's, Sligo

Dates: Week beginning 4 April - week beginning 18 April

 

Elphin & Ardagh Diocese

Venue: Calry Church, Sligo Institute

Dates: Week beginning 18 April - week beginning 9 May

 

Kilmore Diocese

Venue: Kilmore Church of Ireland Cathedral, Cavan

Dates: Week beginning 16 May - Tuesday 31 May

Margaret Boden, David McNair and senator David Norris outside Irish parliament By kind permission from Bishop Ferran Glenfield and Dean Nigel Crossey, the I Witness exhibition features in Kilmore Cathedral. L-R: Peter Byrne and Dean Crossey.

Brave Esther's generosity

When Esther Childress was diagnosed with bone cancer aged just 12-years-old, instead of feeling sorry for herself, she made it her mission to help others.  Sadly, Esther lost her battle with the disease in December 2012, just three weeks after her 14th birthday.

Margaret Boden, David McNair and senator David Norris outside Irish parliament Her Mum, Kathy is now continuing her daughter’s goodwill, and travelled to Haiti with Christian Aid to see how generous gifts, like Esther’s, help people around the world.

'When Esther became ill, she became a different person,' explained Kathy  'She met other children, like her, who were getting the support they needed and realised that there are children around the world who don’t receive such support.  She started thinking about the needs of others. Raising money for children who needed help became really important for her.'

Just ten days before Esther died, Kathy heard her dictate her Will to her husband. 'She’d received money from well-wishers before she died, and she’d saved it all. She decided to leave a third of her money to charities, including Christian Aid.'

'The best thing you can do is to leave a gift that does not have an end,' added Kathy. 'Esther wanted to leave a legacy that would achieve something, and that’s exactly what she’s done.' 

 If you would like to discuss leaving a gift to Christian Aid in your will, please contact  Deborah Doherty (Belfast) on 028 9064 8133 or Genny Mullins (Dublin) on 01 496 7040.

 

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Deborah Doherty by email or on +44 (0) 28 9064 8133.