Christian Aid Week – 9 – 15th May 2010
Category: Christian Aid, Poverty
Christian Aid charity week starts on Sunday 9th May 2010 and is a great time for people all over the country to help raise funds to make a massive difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Christian Aid Week represents an amazing week of activities as people get together to make real and lasting change.
The idea of the week long fundraiser began many years ago as churches’ responsed to the refugee crisis in Europe after the Second World War. Churches from all over the UK got together to send money through partner organisations to help the war refugees, and the aim is still the same, to help people across the world who need it the most.
One of the main initiatives of Christian Aid week is the little envelopes which will be posted through almost 10 million doormats by over 300,000 volunteers. This is the UK’s biggest door to door collection, and raises almost £9 million each year, and almost £1 million in Gift Aid. This year Christian Aid hope to raise over £14 million, and thanks to the thousands of events across the country, not to mention the 22,000 churches working in unison, this figure looks like a realistic target.