18 March 2020
As all of our thoughts are on the Covid-19 situation, we wanted to share an update on Christian Aid’s response. We have been receiving enquiries from volunteers about how to keep safe when fundraising for Christian Aid Week. The health and safety of our community, including loyal supporters like you, is of the utmost importance to us, and we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
Many of you will have been planning house-to-house collections and events. Under the current circumstances, we think it is advisable that house-to-house collections are cancelled, and events are postponed. In particular, along with many churches, we are advising against events such as Big Brekkies or lent lunches, where food is shared. We are looking at alternative ways to virtually meet, share and pray with supporters over the coming months in the likely absence of physical church services.
We are working on alternative plans that will allow people to take part in Christian Aid Week in different, creative ways – by post, by text and online that strengthen our communities during this challenging time. In addition, we are exploring the possibility of holding house-to-house collections later in the year, perhaps in September. We will keep you informed about this. For now, hold onto any resources you have as they may come in useful at a later point.
As you know, Christian Aid Week is our single-most important fundraiser in the year and the impact of not holding it in its usual form is significant, so we would welcome your ideas on how we can creatively show love for our neighbours at home and abroad, as a community. Please call your usual Christian Aid contact or get in touch by email or telephone, see details below.
Christian Aid and our partners already have experience of limiting the spread of infection during the Ebola crisis, and we will build on this experience to continue to stand together with communities living in poverty during this period. If infection rates start to develop as they are in Europe, then people in poorer countries will be hit even harder. Many are already living with reduced health resilience because of extreme poverty, living in overcrowded humanitarian camps and in countries which do not have the healthcare infrastructures needed to combat widespread disease. We will be working on the ground to help prepare communities to limit the impact of Covid-19.
We are praying for all those affected by this new virus, both at home and overseas, for all those working on the frontline and for wisdom for our leaders. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. During this challenging time, we all need to take seriously the science and advice being offered, remaining calm but vigilant. If you have any specific concerns, or questions, please contact us, either by email on email@example.com or call our office on 028 9064 8133 (Belfast).
I am keeping you all in my prayers.
With every blessing,
For further information, please refer to the current government advice