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May 2006

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Ickenham Church News - May 2006


We believe in life before death. We have a vision of how the world can be without poverty. By giving and by taking action for trade justice, you can help make that vision a reality in Christian Aid Week.

Christian Aid Week in Ickenham this year will consist of seven days of giving, prayer, and action, to mitigate global poverty. Add your time, generosity and voice to Christian Aid Week, and we will see it makes an impact around the world.

You add, we multiply. Even small amounts of money will make a big difference in really poor countries.- £11 will buy a lifesaving mosquito net (malaria kills 1.5 million people every year) and could keep children safe and sound at night and free from disease. Fortunately we do not have malaria in Ickenham. £890 will buy the materials necessary so that Malian villagers can build a deep well that will supply lifesaving clean water for drinking and growing crops in this impoverished dry arid region. Fortunately we all have clean water supplied to our homes in our community. We no longer need the well beneath the Pump in Ickenham.

Thanks to all who worked so hard and gave so generously to make Christian Aid Week 2005 a success - nearly a record £9,000 was raised.

In Bolivia just £18.80 can buy a fleece less sheep, helping to provide a family with a better income.
“We can eat better because of having the animals here,” says Maquilia Rosel. “Last year, from the money I got selling three sheep, I could pay for my son's school and board.”

“Do you mean to say that in Christian Aid Week, respectable Church people go out onto the streets to beg on behalf of the world's poor?” Comment from Santiago, Chile.

Fortunately our collectors do not need to beg in Ickenham because those who live in our parish know that their generous donation will go a long way because it supports projects which are overseen by trusted, openly accountable, local, partners overseas. The aid is a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ to the needy. The support enables people to ‘stand on their own feet’ and will make a real difference to their own community. The money goes nowhere near corrupt government hands.

Last year almost120 volunteers called on practically every home in our parish. Sadly some have died, become infirm, or moved away. Again we need, urgently, to recruit street collectors. Experience has shown that people are more likely to volunteer to collect if personally asked and if the task is not too demanding. Please ask your friends or neighbours to spare just two hours of valuable time to deliver and collect about 40 Christian Aid Envelopes to houses near their own neighbourhood.

Please ‘phone 01895 673596 if you know anyone who is willing to help.
Bernard Pearce - Christian Aid Week local co-ordinator

DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors. The next meeting is Monday 15th May (also Monday 19th June). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.

ICKENHAM GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We’re here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.

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