In May 2017, we marked 60 years of Christian Aid Week. The efforts of all our organisers and volunteers who raised over €660,800 / £600,000 are greatly appreciated. Your hard work never goes unnoticed and every year the efforts made for those less fortunate continues to humble us.
We are also grateful to those who took the time to sign gift aid envelopes in Northern Ireland. We anticipate this will add £40,000 to the total. Thank you on behalf of those who will benefit most from your fundraising efforts. Your kindness and compassion is making a difference to so many lives.
This year, the focus of Christian Aid Week was the plight of millions of refugees, forced from their homes by war and conflict. To highlight the conditions faced by refugees, we organised a 'Sleep-out' in Buoy Park, Belfast. Church leaders and politicians visited our makeshift camp and it was an opportunity to raise awareness of Christian Aid’s response to the refugee crisis.
Another event to mark the special occasion was afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, with The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston as host. The Mayor paid tribute to the many Christian Aid volunteers and collectors who put so much effort into Christian Aid Week every year.