Fundraisers have found diamonds in the West Wales hills and vales. And it’s Christian Aid that will reap the rewards.
Churches in Cardigan, for example, have raised over £100,000 for the charity since 1988. And last week, the head of Christian Aid in Wales, Huw Thomas, presented coveted Diamond Awards to the churches and the people there who have made the difference.
Among them was David Peregrine who has been a driving force behind Christian Aid’s activities in Cardigan and the treasurer of the group for many years. Fittingly, he received his award at a fundraising concert in St Mary’s Church.
Another Diamond is Elaine Morgan, former Christian Aid Organiser for St Davids. She was presented with her award at a joint Christian Aid Week service, where she talked about her work for Christian Aid in Cardiff for many years, before moving back to St David’s and continuing to support the effort there for the past 20 years.
Anne Watts, who nominated Elaine for the award said: “I’ve known Elaine for the last seven years so I’m relatively new to Christian Aid in Wales but when I arrived she was the local organiser, and I found her enthusiasm and determination to make a difference to the lives of the poorest of the world an inspiration.
“It was also infectious. Since then I have taken over the organisation of the house to house collection, which is only a part of the whole week and realise how much hard work she put in year after year. Every year she has some new scheme and it is hard for the rest of us to keep up with her. She is a person of ideas but is also prepared to put in the hard work needed behind the scenes.”
Christian Aid’s Area Coordinator for West Wales, Tom Defis said: “Without the dedication of our supporters year on year, we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do. Right now, Christian Aid is tackling poverty in around 40 countries around the world, including providing support to refugees and food and water to those on the brink of starvation across East Africa where the lives of 16 million people hang in the balance.
“It is no exaggeration to say that it is thanks to the dedication and vision of supporters that we are able to respond and not only reach these people in desperate need but also challenge the causes of poverty at the same time.
“Their commitment changes lives and it is a privilege to recognise the contribution of volunteers in Cardigan and St David’s towards a world where people not only survive, but thrive.
Christian Aid was born in the aftermath of the Second World War, when a generation of Christians decided they would not stand by while people suffered in refugee camps, and continues to support people seeking a safe place to call home today.
You can help to change the lives of people fleeing conflict and crisis this Christian Aid Week by donating online at www.caweek.org calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5.