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Christian Aid Week 10-16 May

Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.

Updated 10 April

Dear supporters  

As all of our thoughts are on the Covid-19 situation, we wanted to share an update on Christian Aid’s response. We value our volunteers enormously and want to ensure you all 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.  

 

Advice for Christian Aid Week  

In 2019 you helped to raise over £511,000/€575,000 through a combination of church collections, events, house-to-house and delivery only fundraising.  I know that many of you will have been planning these activities again but due the current circumstances, sadly, these should not go ahead in May.   

Instead, Christian Aid Week is moving online! We are building a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week so you can take part with our online community. We would love you to join in to show love for our neighbours near and far, as a global family.  

 

During Christian Aid Week  

Christian Aid Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate and share the life-saving work Christian Aid undertakes with your support.    

In these challenging times many churches have already made bold steps, harnessing technology and social media to reach out to their communities. Using some of the same tools, we hope that our supporters will also be able to continue their support.   

Soon we will have a suite of new resources ready, inviting you to:  

  • pray with us
  • to give with us 
  • to act with us

We will be updating these pages regularly as resources are completed, so please do check back regularly.     

  

Our global response  

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, or 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. Please pray for us in this vital work.   

People in poorer countries with already fragile health systems, will be even harder hit, making every single aspect of our work more important. You can support our work around the world by making an online donation, or by setting up a Direct Debit to support us on a monthly basis.  

We are praying for all those affected by this new virus, both here in Ireland 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 your closest office, either Dublin (dublin@christian-aid.org  01 496 7040) or Belfast (belfast@christian-aid.org  028 9064 8133).  

I am keeping you all in my prayers.   

With every blessing    

Rosamond Bennett  

   

For further information, please refer to the current advice from the UK Government and from the Irish Government.  

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