Wales to host 'biggest ever coffee morning' to raise Gaza aid money

By agency reporter
March 25, 2009

People across Wales are being invited to take part in “Wales’ Biggest Coffee Morning” to raise money for a church-funded health clinic in the battle-scarred Gaza Strip.

From coffee breaks with colleagues at work to cuppas after church services or on shopping trips, it is hoped thousands of people will take part in the event which will span over the first weekend in May 2009.

All the money raised will go to the (Anglican) Church in Wales’ Jubilee Fund to restock and rebuild health centres in Gaza, including a mobile dental clinic, run by the Near East Council of Churches, which the Fund has supported since 2000.

The Archdeacon of Margam, the Ven Philip Morris, who co-ordinates the Jubilee Fund, is encouraging people to take part.

He explained: “Conditions for ordinary people in Gaza are desperate following the bombing campaign and basic humanitarian aid is the priority. We have been completely supporting the mobile dental run by the Near East Council of Churches (NECC) for nearly a decade but are now also supporting the work of the NECC’s other health centres, one of which was destroyed by an Israeli bomb in January. They are in urgent need of equipment and medical supplies to deliver frontline care."

Margam added: “We have already had an excellent response to our latest appeal with more than £37,000 raised in the past couple of months. The coffee morning is a simple way for more people to get involved and give what they can to the appeal. We hope people will make it a three-day event, holding coffee mornings at work on the Friday, taking a coffee break while shopping on Saturday and staying for a cuppa after church services on Sunday.”

Wales’ Biggest Coffee Morning will take place from 1-3 May. Information packs are available from the Church in Wales (see address below).

Meanwhile, a vicar from Peterchurch, Hereford, who has written about his experience of travelling in Galilee is donating half the proceeds of his book to the Jubilee Fund.

The Rev Bob Murrin’s illustrated paperback is entitled 'The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galilee', and is published privately, printed at the University of Wales, Lampeter, price £6. Cheques to RS Murrin Albion Cottage, Peterchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0RP.

Donations to the Jubilee Fund can be made to: The Church in Wales Jubilee Fund, 39, Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, CF11 9XF. Gift Aid envelopes and information packs are available.

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