“Together we’re stronger than the storms.” This was the message for this year’s Christian Aid Week (15-21 May 2018), where the focus was on raising funds to help the people of Haiti. As we know, the island was devastated by storms in 2016, but as Hurricane Season approaches each year, thousands of people are in danger of losing their homes and livelihoods once again. Christian Aid raises money for the poorest and most desperate people in the world, to help build community projects – such as building secure homes in Haiti – and keep people from hunger, disease and homelessness.
Although Christian in foundation, Christian Aid helps people regardless of their religion. Nonetheless, Christian Aid Week is an excellent opportunity for us as a Church to bear witness to Christian compassion by making door-to-door collections over the course of the week. Franklin Pond was at the helm as ever and, despite struggling with a painful leg and unable to do quite as much, he made sure that we covered quite a few streets around St Martin’s. The weather was beautiful this year and people were kind in their donations. We raised a total of £610. Many thanks to Franklin, Carrie, Sue, Morice and Sylvia, and to everyone who donated.