Thousands raised

MAY WE use the courtesy of your columns to express, on behalf of the Chichester Christian Aid committee, our thanks to the people of Chichester and District for their recent generous giving to Christian Aid: through a collection at Tesco in April, the May Market and the house-to-house collection in Christian Aid Week in May.

A total of very nearly £13,000 was raised locally. Some of this will go to emergency relief but most will be used in conjunction with Christian Aid’s partners in developing countries to give people tools and skills – physical, educational, medical, agricultural – to enhance their lives, free from the shackles of poverty and exploitation.

A small percentage will be used in joining other agencies such as the World Development Movement and Church Action on Poverty in campaigns aimed at rooting out the causes of poverty. For instance, tax-dodging by multi-national corporations, adept at hiding the details of their business overseas, deprives developing nations of $160bn each year, more than one-and-a-half times the total global aid budget.

To highlight this injustice a bus is touring the country with an exhibition and some of Christian Aid’s partners from overseas on board. It will be parked at St Paul’s Church, Chichester, between 9am and 11am on Sunday, September 9. We will be delighted and encouraged if some of your readers can find time to visit it.

Anne and Derek Wales

Co-chairs,

Chichester and District Christian Aid Committee