A representative from Christian Aid’s regional office gave a candid and inspirational talk about the work of the charity to The Ribble Valley Christian Aid Action Group.
During an open meeting at Trinity Methodist Church, Ruth Platt spoke of the direct aid and support Christian Aid gives in many countries that suffer from extreme weather conditions and lack of resources. She spoke in particular of Morsheda and her family in Bangladesh. Their home and subsistence farming had been destroyed by extreme flooding, but with support from Christian Aid, this home and land has been raised above the flood levels.
Christian Aid operates throughout the developing world often in simple practical ways as well as campaigning on bigger issues such as the effect of climate change and tax dodging. It also campaigns for continued support from richer countries to poorer poverty stricken countries.
Ruth offered encouragement to those from Ribble Valley churches who will be taking part in this year’s Christian Aid Week from May 15th to 21st, Activities include house-to-house collecting, coffee mornings, car washing and the annual Hurst Green Open Garden. Last year the Ribble Valley was the third highest giver in Lancashire raising £12,500 in Christian Aid Week. Throughout the UK a total of £7.5m was raised in 2015 by house-to-house collecting.
Ruth Platt is pictured, third from left, with members of the Ribble Valley group. (s)