Stars line up to support Christian Aid week

By staff writers
March 26, 2004

-26/3/04

Stars are lining up in support Christian Aid's annual fundraising drive, the UK's longest established and most successful door-to-door fundraising week.

Christian Aid Week runs from 9th to 15th May 2004.

This year's theme is 'We believe in life before death' and Christian Aid will be calling on people across the UK to help give desperately poor people all over the world the chance of a better future.

Backed by stars including comedian Harry Enfield, Coronation Street's Suranne Jones and actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, the aim is to build on last years total - when more than 350,000 volunteers raised £14.3 million. The week will be supported by national print and television advertising calling on the public to 'Help people in the third world stand on their own two feet.'

The week is easy to get involved in, say Christian Aid, whether it is by holding a sponsored event, making a donation in the famous red envelope or logging onto www.caweek.org to find out what's happening around the country.

People can also log onto the new Christian Aid Week site at www.lifeswitch.org which is being launched in April. It allows visitors to find out what your life could have been like if they had been born in a different country.

The range of celebrities doing their bit to make a difference include: Comedian Harry Enfield who said, 'I hope people up and down the country help raise as much money as they can for the world's poorest countries for Christian Aid Week.'

Suranne Jones, Coronation Street's Karen Macdonald said: 'If everyone who watches Coronation Street, gave just a pound for Christian Aid Week, it could help millions. Christian Aid helps around the world, from providing water for communities, helping women to start up their own businesses and education programmes for children. Please do your bit.'

Writer and star of Casualty Kwame Kwei Armah passed on his message of encouragement, 'You can do it! I don't think you can wake up in the morning and think "I am going to change the world", but what you can say is "I'm going to do my bit" and if I can do the best that I can do, and I do it right, people will followÖ I think we can all make a difference.'

World renowned ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, winner of the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne and principal dancer for the Bolshoi, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet was particularly interested in an HIV/Aids project that Christian Aid supports in Ethiopia. The project uses dance to help educate children on the issues.

'To see the projects Christian Aid does with dance is inspiring. Please do whatever you can to help the world's poorest countries this Christian Aid week. I hope you raise more money than ever.'

A statement from Christian aid said; "By supporting Christian Aid Week you will be among millions of people who think poverty is a scandal that we do not have to accept. Your actions, commitments and contributions will help to bring about a better life for people living in poor communities by helping Christian Aid in its work with its 600 local partner organisations in more than 50 countries worldwide. We believe life is for living, not merely surviving."

-26/3/04

Stars are lining up in support Christian Aid's annual fundraising drive, the UK's longest established and most successful door-to-door fundraising week.

Christian Aid Week runs from 9th to 15th May 2004.

This year's theme is 'We believe in life before death' and Christian Aid will be calling on people across the UK to help give desperately poor people all over the world the chance of a better future.

Backed by stars including comedian Harry Enfield, Coronation Street's Suranne Jones and actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, the aim is to build on last years total - when more than 350,000 volunteers raised £14.3 million. The week will be supported by national print and television advertising calling on the public to 'Help people in the third world stand on their own two feet.'

The week is easy to get involved in, say Christian Aid, whether it is by holding a sponsored event, making a donation in the famous red envelope or logging onto www.caweek.org to find out what's happening around the country.

People can also log onto the new Christian Aid Week site at www.lifeswitch.org which is being launched in April. It allows visitors to find out what your life could have been like if they had been born in a different country.

The range of celebrities doing their bit to make a difference include: Comedian Harry Enfield who said, 'I hope people up and down the country help raise as much money as they can for the world's poorest countries for Christian Aid Week.'

Suranne Jones, Coronation Street's Karen Macdonald said: 'If everyone who watches Coronation Street, gave just a pound for Christian Aid Week, it could help millions. Christian Aid helps around the world, from providing water for communities, helping women to start up their own businesses and education programmes for children. Please do your bit.'

Writer and star of Casualty Kwame Kwei Armah passed on his message of encouragement, 'You can do it! I don't think you can wake up in the morning and think "I am going to change the world", but what you can say is "I'm going to do my bit" and if I can do the best that I can do, and I do it right, people will followÖ I think we can all make a difference.'

World renowned ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, winner of the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne and principal dancer for the Bolshoi, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet was particularly interested in an HIV/Aids project that Christian Aid supports in Ethiopia. The project uses dance to help educate children on the issues.

'To see the projects Christian Aid does with dance is inspiring. Please do whatever you can to help the world's poorest countries this Christian Aid week. I hope you raise more money than ever.'

A statement from Christian aid said; "By supporting Christian Aid Week you will be among millions of people who think poverty is a scandal that we do not have to accept. Your actions, commitments and contributions will help to bring about a better life for people living in poor communities by helping Christian Aid in its work with its 600 local partner organisations in more than 50 countries worldwide. We believe life is for living, not merely surviving."

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