The Rev John Farr and parishioners of St John’s Parish, Stoneyford, have donated £1,300 to Christian Aid by buying virtual Charity Gifts for people living in extreme poverty.
Christian Aid’s Charity Gifts help transform lives around the world. Popular gifts include training women to become tailors or giving beehives and fruit tree saplings to families to boost their household income.
With farmers making up many members of the rural parish, Stoneyford parishioners chose to support Christian Aid’s agriculture programmes, buying virtual farm animals – chickens, turkeys and goats.
Chickens and turkeys provide eggs that can be eaten or sold for cash at the local market, while goats tolerate drought and provide milk, meat and manure.
Christian Aid organiser Norma Parker thanked her fellow parishioners for their support. “I was delighted that we managed to raise so much, especially as we’re only a small congregation and church services are being live-streamed during the lockdown,” Norma said.
Christian Aid Ireland Chief Executive Rosamond Bennett said: “The good people of Stoneyford Parish always show great love for their global neighbours. Climate change is causing a hunger crisis in many of the world’s poorest countries and the coronavirus pandemic is increasing extreme poverty. It is more important than ever that we help people during these times of crisis.”
For more information and to support the work of Christian Aid, please visit www.caid.ie/CharityGifts.