Email: Lesley McKenzie
Tel: 01636 814721
If every family gave £2………….
Every May in Christian Aid Week, over 100 volunteers from Southwell and the villages of Edingley, Fiskerton, Halam, Morton, Normanton and Upton collect door to door to support Christian Aid’s work in 37 countries across the world. Last year, with your support, Churches Together Southwell Christian Aid Committee raised over £8120 to support the charity.
This Christian Aid Week, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, there was no door to door collection. This is going to have an enormous impact on fundraising for this year. Consequently, we have set up a Just Giving page for our Supporters to donate. Look for Southwell Christian Aid Committee amongst the Teams at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CAWeek2020. The page is open for donations till 30th June.
Christian Aid has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Appeal and is already on the frontline working with individuals like the 850,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who live in camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. These overcrowded camps lack proper hygiene, and are at risk of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
Across the camps, 29% of families report having at least one person with a serious illness requiring medical treatment, making them more vulnerable to Coronavirus Infection. 80% of families report having problems with their temporary shelters and only 67% have access to soap.
Using its previous expertise of working with Ebola, Christian Aid, together with other agencies, is informing people about the risks of Coronavirus, offering hygiene and hand washing sessions, and ensuring that health facilities in the camps have triage and isolation spaces to receive suspected cases. They are training all health personnel and key frontline aid workers on infection, prevention and disease control, and trying to provide PPE and handwashing facilities.
Also, Christian Aid is seeking to build additional handwashing stations throughout the camps, and distribute hygiene kits (containing antiseptic liquid and soap) to 50,000 people.
Funds are desperately needed for the above vital equipment and resources for people who have already lost everything and are now incredibly vulnerable to this pandemic.
Christian Aid Week is Christian Aid’s single-most important fundraiser, and the volunteers wish to thank everyone locally for their previous and continuing generosity, which helps families, like those living in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar. If every family in Edingley, Fiskerton, Halam, Morton, Normanton, Southwell and Upton donated £2, we could offer our usual support to the world’s most vulnerable peoples who have no access to our standard of healthcare.
So far we have raised £1682. A big thank you to all who have made this possible, but please keep on giving. Please donate £2 or more today via Southwell Christian Aid Committee amongst the Teams at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CAWeek2020