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Chichester Clergy Take Up Christian Aid Week Challenge (posted 9 May 2012)

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Chichester Clergy Take Up Christian Aid Week Challenge...

Picture: Christian Aid Week Cake Challenge
Christian Aid Week Cake Challenge

The Dean of Chichester Cathedral joined Christian Aid staff and supporters in a cake decorating challenge ahead of Christian Aid Week (13 -19 May).  The task was made more difficult as the participants were given a spade, a trowel and a hoe rather than the traditional icing bag.  The challenge was staged to highlight the importance of Christian Aid's work in giving poor communities the right resources and skills to lift themselves out of poverty.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling took park alongside Kate Parr (Christian Aid's Regional Coordinator for Sussex) and Reverend Derek Wales (Chair of Chichester Christian Aid group) to highlight the work Christian Aid's partners do in giving the right tools to help people in poverty out of poverty.

Reverend Derek Wales said "As you can see, decorating a cake with a hoe was certainly a challenge!  Christian Aid continues to open our eyes to the huge challenges faced daily by communities around the world.  Like in Sierra Leone where poverty is denying people access to food and education.  Through fundraising during Christian Aid Week here in Chichester, we are ensuring that Christian Aid partners in Sierra Leone and around the world can continue their fantastic work in equipping communities with the tools they need to help themselves out of poverty."

The focus of Christian Aid week this year is the story of a community called Gbap in Sierra Leone that has seen remarkable change.  Across Sierra Leone, four in every five rural households do not have enough to eat.  Christian Aid partner the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone gives communities the tools and skills they need to increase food security.

They also support communities in setting up Village Development Committees to voice their concerns and lobby for services.  Now that they are no longer limited by hunger, the people of Gbap have come together and successfully lobbied for a new school and an agricultural work centre for the community.  Through the support of Christian Aid partner the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone, the people of Gbap have moved beyond hunger and have taken their future into their own hands!

The Dean said: "Christian Aid Week offers churches a great opportunity to put their faith into action.  During the week, hundreds of volunteers will be taking part in different activities and I would like to give my strong encouragement to all those involved.  Together we can make a huge difference!"

During Christian Aid Week volunteers in Chichester and across Sussex will join voices with over 100,000 local fundraisers around the UK and Ireland.  Christian Aid Week 2011 raised over £12.5million.

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