Christian Aid kicks off annual fundraiser with a Big Brekkie
Published on 12 May, 2016
Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison and Rev Dr Russell Barr, the Moderator-Designate, joined Rev Sally Foster Fulton, the new head of Christian Aid, at the charity's Big Brekkie fundraiser held at Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, this week.
Church Leaders from across Scotland came together at the event to enjoy breakfast and help launch Christian Aid Week, which runs from 15-21 May.
Dr Morrison said:
"It was a pleasure be treated to breakfast in such good company as well as to support Christian Aid Week. The work they are doing is crucial to helping some of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people."
Christian Aid Scotland is encouraging Scots to host our own Big Brekkie fundraising breakfasts during Christian Aid Week, and to help raise funds that will give some of the world's poorest people enough to eat and a safe place to call home.
Climate change is affecting communities everywhere, but it is the poorest such as Bangladesh that are bearing the brunt. Increasingly warmer and wetter weather has been forcing families to flee their homes, causing homelessness and hunger.
For the 80% of Bangladeshis whose lives depend on agriculture, this unpredictable weather is making it much harder to grow thefood they need. That is why Christian Aid partners work with some of the most vulnerable communities to provide home safety packages. Families whose homes are vulnerable to flooding have their homes raised on plinths to take them out of the reach of the river. Families are then provided with seeds and tools to plant crops around their homes, ensuring that people can eat even when the river floods.
Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, who is taking the helm at Christian Aid Scotland as she steps down as Convener of the Church and Society Council, said:
"The theme for this Christian Aid Week is 'Love every neighbour' and it offers an opportunity to do what we humans do best when we are at our best – share. Humanity has one home and we need to share it more equally: for all our differences, we have the world in common. Our neighbours across the world need us to care with that same genuine neighbourliness, to see our common fragility and respond with compassion"
Other Church leaders attending the event included: Rt Rev John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh; Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane; Rev Alan Donaldson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland; Revd Mitchell Bunting of the United Reformed Church; Andrew Scott, Moderator of the United Free Church; Rev May-Kane Logan, Chair of the Congregational Federation in Scotland; Rev Alan Whitson (retd) of the Methodist Church and Lieut-Colonel Jonathan Roberts from the Salvation Army.
Help change the lives of climate-affected families in places like Bangladesh during Christian Aid week by donating online at www.caweek.org calling 08080 006 006, or texting 'SAFE' to 70040 to give £5.