Campaigns and Charities
We have for many years been supporting two campaigns
in particular: Christians Against Torture and Trade Justice.
Christians Against Torture campaigns
for the release of Prisoners of Conscience regardless
of their nationality or faith.
We have been supporting Trade Justice for many years
and are hoping that the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign
will see real progress in making a difference to the
lives of the 2.8 billion people, almost half the world's
population, who live on less than $2 a day. One of our
members went to Brighton last September and joined those
outside the Labour Party Conference trying to get the
message across that over 11 million children will die
from poverty-related illness this year and that the
rich nations must act to promote Debt Relief, Trade
Justice and higher expenditure on International Aid.
As well as supporting Christian Aid and collecting for
Emergency relief Appeals, such as the recent Asia Disaster
Appeal following the devastation cause by the earthquake
on the 26th December, every three months we select a
charity to which we send our Communion offerings. Recently
these have included:
Ethiopiaid for the work of the
Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital that specializes in
the treatment of Vesico-vaginal fistulas which occur
as a result of obstructed labour and which leaves
the sufferer enduring permanent double incontinence
unless treated. The hospital offers effective treatment
of this condition and transforms the lives of those
women who are affected by it. Early marriage increases
the risk of such fistulas as the body is not yet
fully grown. Consequently, many patients are teenagers.
Another problem is the traditional practice of female
genital mutilation which causes its own harrowing
problems and increases the risk of complications
during pregnancy. Ethiopiaid tries to educate communities
about the alternatives to these practices.
The Myasthenia Gravis Association
supports those with this distressing illness that
blocks the normal signals that control the muscles.
Although there is no cure, appropriate medication
and therapy can reduce the symptoms, which include
difficulty in walking, talking, eating - even breathing.
If you want to learn more you can look up the website:
The National Deaf Children's
Society. The NDCS is an organization
of families, parents and carers, which exists to
enable deaf children to maximize their skills and
abilities and to enjoy life to the full. If you want
to learn more you can look up the website: www.ndcs.org.uk
As well as those supported by the general
church body, individual organizations in the church
also nominate and collect for particular charities.
In 2004 our Junior Church collected for Treasure Trove,
a charity that sets up and pays for children with disabilities
to go on holidays. This is great fun for the children
and allows some rest and recreation for their carers.
UCY our women's group raised money for the National
Autistic Society for their residential home Orchard