The Diocese of Manchester has partnered with Christian Aid to give people an opportunity to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine and help others in crisis across the world.
Recognising the deep sense of relief and gratitude experienced by many people after being vaccinated, the two organisations have come together to enable people to pass the blessing on by making a donation to Christian Aid’s Coronavirus Appeal.
The appeal has raised over £200,000 (nationally) since it launched in February. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and churches, Christian Aid has been able to expand its work and respond to the great need in India.
Since the start of the pandemic, Christian Aid has been working through local partners in India and has already supported around 130,000 of the most vulnerable people in society. They have been providing life-saving information on how to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus and helping people to access vital welfare and healthcare. They have also handed out food to families struggling to feed their families and distributed masks to help keep them safe.
The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, who recently had his vaccination and made a donation to the campaign, is encouraging other people to do the same. He said, "The vaccine is bringing with it a deep sense of relief and hope for families across the UK. We know that many people want to express their gratitude by reaching out to others.
“While the pandemic affects all of us, it has highlighted the deep disparities in how communities and families are able to protect themselves both within our country and around the world.
“My hope is that people will give generously to the work of Christian Aid from a place of thanksgiving and a desire to see all people being able to live safely. However much you are able to give, it will be an opportunity to share hope and love with our brothers and sisters across the world who do not have the benefits we have.”
Christian Aid’s Head of Community Fundraising and Public Engagement Chine McDonald said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that none of us are safe, until all of us are safe. It has been amazing to see the speed at which the vaccines have been rolled out in the UK – every jab in someone’s arm brings us closer to the end of Covid-19.
“But the reality is that richer countries like ours are getting more access to vaccines, while the poorer countries in which Christian Aid works are left at the back of the queue. As a Christian organisation, we believe that every person is equal in the sight of God and worthy of living lives with dignity, equality and justice.
“We’re delighted to work together with the Diocese of Manchester to give people an opportunity to say thanks and help protect our global neighbours while the vaccine is out of reach.”
You can donate to the Diocese of Manchester’s appeal here.