Volunteers will be out in force in Dorchester to mark this year's Christian Aid Week, this week!
The week of activities begins with an ecumenical services at St Peter's Church on Sunday 12 May at 4pm, where the guest speaker will be Katie Roberts, who has recently been appointed head of Christian Aid South West region. Katie is known as an inspirational speaker with much experience of aid group on the ground.
The annual Christian Aid market will take place at the United Church Hall on Wednesday 15 May from 9.45am-2pm and will be opened by the town's mayor, Councillor David Taylor. There will be a range of stalls, coffee, tea and lunches available.
The street collection will take place in South Street on Friday 17 May from 9am-5pm and this will be followed by the annual sponsored walk to the River Jordan on Saturday 18 May, which will start at St Peter's Church, North Square at 9.30am and end at Bowleaze Cove, Preston. The eight mile walk is shorter than in previous years and organisers would love to see more friends and families taking part.
Throughout the week, there will house to house collections taking place with funds raised going to Christian Aid projects in Sierra Leone.
Tony Boyden, Christian Aid's Dorchester and District chair, urged people to come forward and volunteer during the week, particularly for house to house and street collections.
"The fact that we're in the middle of a national political crisis should not blind us to the massive crisis on a global scale where millions of people continue to suffer from grinding poverty and appalling hunger, much of which could be avoided with support from those much better off.
"Please give generously this Christian Aid Week and embrace our slogan: "We believe in life before death."