Christian Aid Week: What a difference a week makes
Up to 200,000 volunteers will be pounding pavements this week distributing thirteen million red envelopes for Christian Aid Week, which starts on Sunday (May 15 - 21).
Volunteers across the country will be checking everything is in place for the thousands of sponsored events, cake bakes and book sales which marks a week that has a key place in the church calendar and is one of the UK’s largest community fundraising events.
Last year supporters collected a total of £13.2 million to help Christian Aid tackle poverty. This year they hope to top that with events that range from the Bishop of Bedford becoming a barista for the day to the now legendary Edinburgh book sale – and much, much more.
And this year there’s something new you can do to show your unity with the world’s poor. On Sunday 15 May, we’re asking you to encourage your church to be part of a brand new ‘prayer moment’ that everybody can see.
Churches around the country will be praying for poor communities. We’re asking individuals to stop, reflect and text the word or phrase that’s in their heart to 70788. You’ll be able to see your words – along with others – appear on the Christian Aid website at caweek.org.
Anne Phipps, Head of Church Appeals at Christian Aid, said:
Our supporters constantly amaze me. Whether collecting door–to-door or doing 101 other exciting and amazing fundraising events, the commitment is phenomenal.