All Saints has a group of dedicated Christian Aid collectors who year after year trudge round the streets, delivering and collecting envelopes, come sun, wind or downpours of rain. We are committed to improving the circumstances of some of the poorest people in the Third World. This year, we were inspired by the plight of Morsheda and her family, trying to survive on the frequently flooded islands in the River in Bangladesh. The aim was to provide funds and materials so that her house, and others like it, could be raised onto higher ground. Then seeds, worms, cattle and chickens would be provided so that these families could provide food for themselves and also have some things to sell to make money for necessities.
Our efforts were not in vain. Many kind and generous people responded to our door knocking and we collected £2,152. Many people also took the time to fill in the Gift Aid slips and this brought our total to £2,419.34.
It takes courage to knock on doors. Our oldest collectors were in their eighties and nineties and the walking was often hard work for them. For those of us who have been doing it for several years, it is a joy to meet these kind people each year and to realise that some have saved money throughout the year to fill their envelopes (or carrier bags in some cases)!
My deepest gratitude to all concerned.
Rosemary Sumner, C.A. Organiser for Bromsgrove.
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