A former member of staff at Christian Aid once pointed out to me that the people in their publicity material were usually looking happy. That still seems to be the case. If you don’t believe me, then watch this video of Florence at home in Kenya, who among other things loves to sing: CAW 21 - Florence's Story - YouTube
Florence’s story is featured in the material for Christian Aid Week (10-16 May) and there are lots of other stories, resources, challenges, ways to get involved etc. on the website:
What has struck me over the years is that the people who support Christian Aid, whether they are members of staff or fellow enthusiasts in congregations, is that they too are usually happy. They are passionate about what they do and what can be done, and in this way, possibly without even realising it, they inspire others.
My own regular giving to Christian Aid started over twenty years ago, when the co-ordinators in my then congregation – two lovely ladies with great charm and excellent organisational skills – came to me with a vision for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the charity.
This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary. Much has happened and much still requires to be done – today’s focus is on the climate challenge (had we even heard of that 25 years ago?)
Back to inspiration. It was through engaging with this year’s Annual Gathering that I learned of the Kiltwalk and the pledge of the 50% top-up of funds raised thanks to the Hunter Foundation. It was too good an opportunity to miss. Given the virtual status of the 2021 Kiltwalk, we were free to plan our own route, and the idea of walking around the periphery of the parishes came to mind and wouldn’t go away.
But it would have been a lonely road on my own, so I am hugely grateful to those who were also inspired to take part, as well as to the many who sponsored us so generously.
We were blessed with gorgeous weather. Here are a few photos to prove it.
from the top of the steps at Seabraes
some well-known Dundee landmarks including the rigs, D.C. Thomson Building, St Paul's Cathedral
a reminder that new industries have taken the place of jute and, in the background, Dudhope Castle (once a barracks; now used by Dundee City Council)