‘Thank you so much for the wonderful support given to John’s Kiltwalk, both with communications and donations. It is an inspiring total, for everyone to feel justly proud of, meaning Christian Aid will receive £990 now. Together, the Helensburgh Kilt Walk team duo, John and Elizabeth, have raised a record, combined total of £1,215 pre top-up, boosted to £1822.50 by Sir Tom Hunter.
This must encourage us in difficult times! You may not know that the Helensburgh Christian Aid Committee usually raise over £12,000 annually, but with so many planned events cancelled this year it is clear the charity will still battle a funding shortfall, as aid does in general.
So forgive me for highlighting more opportunities to be involved in Christian Aid week. Please click on the link to see the opportunities on how to get involved, as well as for helping!
If you can take a stint helping over Christian Aid Week 10-16 May with street collection on Saturday 15th morning (time slot to suit), or deliver an envelope to houses in your road, or read or say a prayer at the Christian Aid evening service then please see the link and we should be glad to hear from you.’
With best wishes,
Ruth and John
St Michael’s Christian Aid Committee reps
This year we are celebrating 75 years of Christian Aid, a charity that has helped people triumph in the face of adversity. Christian Aid has rebuilt homes destroyed by natural disasters, fed the hungry in times of famine and helped the refugee in times of war. Now those who live in the world’s poorest countries are fighting to survive problems brought on by both the pandemic and climate change
We see the poorest and most marginalized people pay the highest price for climate change, suffer most in conflict and pandemic. Yet the situation is not helpless and Christian Aid by working together with local partners offers hope.
The annual fundraising events we had planned in Helensburgh, the Swim, Football, Netball, Fayre, Quiz and Concert, are not able to go ahead again this year. However, there are still ways that you can help support the work of Christian Aid.
You may see volunteers out doing the street collection and you can still donate during Christian Aid Week either online via https://www.christianaid.org.uk/…/key-ap…/christian-aid-week
Or via an envelope (any envelope will do) marked Christian Aid and delivered to Helensburgh Parish Church via the Colquhoun Street letterbox.
You can join in online events which include a quiz on 8 May at 7pm and a concert on 9 June at 7pm
From the Christian Aid book Rage and Hope (75 prayers for a better world)
“Help us to hunger and thirst for righteousness
Help us to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Help us to speak hope and life where there is darkness and despair.
Help us not just to read your word, but be your word.
Let love for our neighbour be at the centre of our efforts this year.
Helensburgh Christian Aid Committee
Christian Aid week events may be curtailed this year, but the Helensburgh Christian Aid committee are again entering a team for the Virtual Kiltwalk event 23rd – 25th April, Helensburgh Christian Aid (thekiltwalk.co.uk) . Please support this if you can. The Hunter Foundation will boost any money raised by at least 50%. (John’s Virtual Kiltwalk involves rowing 100km on his rowing machine between now and then).
Thank you, John Hanks