Christian Aid Week is celebrated in the United Kingdom on the second week of May every year and this year, it will take place from May 12 to 18. It is spearheaded by the charity organization Christian Aid and its objective is to provide humanitarian relief and long-term development support for poor communities worldwide, while highlighting suffering, tackling injustice, and championing people’s rights. Annually, Christian Aid holds an annual door-to-door fundraising drive in Britain and it has been held every year since 1957. A task of the thousands of volunteers is to post red collection envelopes to homes across the U.K. It is Britain’s longest-running fundraising week. This is one of the many wonderful humanitarian acts in the world and all Brits are encouraged to take part in it.
History of Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week evolved through different phases before becoming what it is today. During World War II, many people were displaced from their homes and left homeless. The British and Irish churches then established an organization called Christian Reconstruction in Europe (C.R.E.) to raise funds for the resettlement of the millions of people left homeless by the war. It was then renamed the Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service in 1948 and became part of the British Council of Churches. The organization began to move into worldwide development work during the decade that followed.
In 1957, Janet Lacey, the director of the organization at the time, decided to hold a Christian Aid Week to encourage public awareness. The event mobilized residents in 200 towns and villages across Britain and collected £26,000 for overseas development work. The name was then changed to Christian Aid in 1964. In the 1960s, the threat of hunger and famine made agricultural development a priority in the poorest regions of the world, especially Africa and Asia. As well as overseas aid, Christian Aid began to sensitize church supporters and schools on the causes of poverty and helped establish the World Development Movement.
In recent times, delivery-only envelopes have been used to obtain donations for Christian Aid Week. These envelopes could be brought to homes and did not require personal collection by local collectors and would be posted to Christian Aid or handed in at pre-arranged points instead. In recent times, online donations have also become favored.
Christian Aid Week timeline
The British and Irish churches establish the Christian Reconstruction in Europe organization to raise funds for the resettlement of the millions of people left homeless by the war.
The Christian Reconstruction in Europe is renamed the Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service and becomes part of the British Council of Churches.
Christian Aid Week is launched to encourage public awareness.
Donations for Christian Aid Week are now done virtually.
Christian Aid Week FAQs
When is Christian Aid Week celebrated?
It is celebrated in the second week of May every year.
When did Christian Aid Week start?
Christian Aid Week started in 1957.
Where is Christian Aid Week celebrated?
It is observed in the United Kingdom.
How to Observe Christian Aid Week
Donate to the cause
Donate to Christan Aid to help people around the World. Visit their website to find out how you can help or donate to the cause.
Celebrate Christian Aid Week by spreading awareness. This helps others around the world learn about the charitable work the organization does and lets people know how they can contribute to the cause.
Help others in need around you during Christian Aid Week. While making donations to the cause is good, others in need around you shouldn’t be ignored.
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Why Christian Aid Week is Important
It is a humanitarian cause
Christian Aid Week helps to support humanity. As some need more than others, Christian Aid Week seeks to bridge that gap.
It brings people together
People come together for a common cause when it’s Christian Aid Week. The bonding can only be positive for the world.
It brings a feel-good feeling
Nothing brings more happiness than seeing your act of kindness being utilized in the world. This is what participating in Christian Aid Week is all about.
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