Christian Aid Week Goes Digital
05 May 2020 IN: Parish News
10-16 May 2020
Think of Christian Aid Week and you might picture red envelopes through doors, plant sales, Big Brekkies, banners in front of churches, special services and much more.
Coronavirus means that 2020 will be different. Churches are invited to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in new and innovative ways. With daily quizzes and live-streamed worship, supporters can become “sofa fundraisers”.They can take part in the 300,000 steps in May challenge, or send an ‘e-envelope’ to friends and family.
Groups are arranging online plant sales, while others are doing sponsored runs, cycles or walks in their daily outdoor exercise or in their own homes and gardens.
Christian Aid Week manager Sophie Brightwell says: “Christian Aid Week has always been a joyful celebration of what we can achieve together for the world’s poorest people and in this time of global crisis Christian Aid’s work is needed as much as ever before.”
“The most vulnerable and marginalised people are at greatest risk. In Sierra Leone there are no ICU beds and in Malawi there is one ICU bed for every one million people. In refugee camps people are not able to keep socially distant, and 40% of the world’s population do not have access to soap and water.”
“It will be a different Christian Aid Week but with all the hallmarks of compassion, love and vision for a just, equitable and healthy world. Please join us if you can.”