Norfolk’s Julian Bryant to speak on Zimbabwe
To prepare for Christian Aid Week, Julian Bryant will be helping to lead an online session for supporters highlighting the charity’s work in Zimbabwe.
Every May, churches, individuals and groups in Norfolk join together to make a huge difference to people living in poverty whom they have never met by taking part in Christian Aid Week.
Julian Bryant (Christian Aid’s Norfolk Church Engagement Worker) and Alex Cassidy (Cambridgeshire and Essex Church Engagement Worker) are hosting the online session which will give people the opportunity to find out how Christian Aid is making a difference in Zimbabwe and to hear what local churches and groups did last year to raise vital funds.
There will be an opportunity to meet fellow supporters from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and to find out what is happening this year.
Julian says, “Every year I am deeply grateful and often moved that individuals and churches, who are often facing their own challenges, join in to make a difference to people facing poverty whom they have never met.
“I have attended fundraising lunches, coffee mornings, breakfasts, cake sales, pop up jumble sales, sponsored events, poetry readings and concerts and more over the years. Many churches take collections on Sundays and many people still deliver envelopes. Seeing the difference this makes with my own eyes and hearing how lives have been changed from the people themselves makes me realise just what a difference churches make in our world.”
The focus this year is on Zimbabwe, where Christian Aid is helping people like Janet Zirugo. Janet her family are receiving support from the Christian Aid led ZRBF-BRACT Programme to build their resilience capacities to climate change and other shocks. Mutoko District where Janet comes from experiences harsh climatic condition with extended dry spells in recent years.
This session is part of Christian Aid’s Supporter Conference which has a wide variety of sessions covering Christian Aid Week fundraising, campaigning and more.
The session will take place on Tuesday February 22 at 7.30pm.
You can book into the session (amongst others) here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/change-makers
And find out more about the different sessions here (just scroll down).
If you have any queries, please contact Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above are Janet Zirugo and her daughter Nyarai preparing land at their farm located just close to their home in Zimbabwe. Image: David Brazier / Christian Aid