The Annual Bishop’s Harvest Appeal across the Diocese of Blackburn (The Church of England in Lancashire) has launched, as the total for the 2016 Appeal is also announced.
The 2016 Appeal raised a magnificent £25,290.
The Annual Appeal, organised by the Blackburn Diocese World Development Group (WDG) always supports two worthy causes outside the UK, has been running for many years.
Appeal organiser Arton Medd, from the WDG said: “I’m pleased to say this total for 2016 means that Christian Aid will receive a cheque for two-thirds of the amount to help people affected by flooding in Colombia; while one third of the total goes to an organisation called ‘Tariro’ for work with orphans in Zimbabwe.
“Many thanks to everyone for their efforts through church collections, special events or via individual donations to the appeal.”
Commenting on the total raised by his appeal in 2016, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn said today: “The level of giving to last year’s Appeal was a cause for much thanksgiving to God and I have received two very appreciative letters from the recipients. Thank you to all who contributed.
“I would like to encourage as many churches and schools as possible to be enthused by this year’s appeal and make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you in anticipation of your generous contributions.”
‘A Fairer Share’ is the title of the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal for 2017.
In 2017 the appeal will be supporting Christian Aid in Burundi and Tree Aid in Ghana.
Christian Aid in Burundi is teaching farmers the specialist agriculture knowledge they need to help increase the amount of crops they can grow, and to boost their earnings.
Tree Aid in Ghana helps families grow and use trees for nutritious food all year round, fighting hunger and malnutrition.
Last summer the WDG invited suggestions for one of the 2017 partners from parishes and schools in the Diocese and Tree Aid was chosen.
It was proposed by Caroline Watson, a student who attends St John’s church in Silverdale.
Bishop Julian said: “Even where peace prevails, millions are desperately short of food. This why I am pleased to support projects in two of the countries worst affected, Burundi and Ghana, for this year’s appeal.
“Both will help very poor people to grow enough for their families tomorrow and for years to come, and as they share a small surplus with their near neighbours they will enable whole communities to thrive.”
For 2017appeal leaflets and posters, contact Rev Gary Lewis at The Vicarage, 5 Lancaster Road, Cockerham, Lancaster LA2 0EB or email firstname.lastname@example.org.