13 September, 2017
Christian Charities Partner To Encourage People To Share A Meal For Vulnerable Children
International children’s charity, World Vision UK, has today launched a partnership with UK missions agency, HOPE in a joint campaign to encourage support for some of the most vulnerable children around the world this Harvest season. The appeal offers individuals a delicious opportunity to get together with others this Autumn sharing good company, food and conversation, and providing an opportunity to build relationships with those in their community while helping raise funds for vulnerable children.
The Share A Meal campaign aims to bring people together encouraging them to share a meal in a relaxed environment and to encourage friends to help vulnerable children around the world get a stronger start in life. HOPE is today sending out details of the campaign to 24,000 supporters and church leaders around the country following a recent preview at London’s IceTank venue with a celebrity appearance from Great British Bake Off star, Selasi, who also gave a baking demonstration.
Tim Pilkington, CEO of World Vision UK, says, “Hundreds of thousands of refugees are now streaming into Uganda from a brutal civil war in neighbouring South Sudan. Sadly, most of these refugees are children, many of whom have seen their parents killed. These orphaned children walk for days to find safety and arrive at Uganda’s refugee settlements alone, traumatised and hungry. We’re helping to feed children in the settlements and give them new foster families and a new start. We would love to bring people together through food and for as many people as possible to share a meal and support children around the world in similar circumstances.”
Without proper nutrition one-in-three children in Uganda is suffering irreversible health problems. And for the one million refugees arriving in Uganda from war torn South Sudan, food rations are vitally needed for their survival. World Vision is helping hungry and malnourished children across Uganda and around the world.
Roy Crowne, Director of HOPE, says “Hospitality lies at the heart of the Christian faith and sharing a meal together is such an intimate and important event in our homes. It encourages people to feel relaxed and feel a real sense of connection. HOPE wants to put Harvest back at the centre of church and community life - to see a culture of gratitude, hospitality and generosity becoming an important part of every community. We are delighted to partner with World Vision in this appeal to encourage more people to get together for a good meal and a great cause.”
World Vision works to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children by working closely with communities to tackle the root causes of poverty. They work alongside communities in close to 100 countries to bring about long-term change and responding quickly to emergencies that affect more than 250 million people around the world each year.
The campaign launches on September 17th and aims to raise £200,000 for World Vision's work around the world. Free Share A Meal packs (which are full of tips on how to plan your meal, alongside invitations, recipes and much more) are available at worldvision.org.uk/shareameal.
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About World Vision UK
World Vision is the world's largest international children's charity. We want children living in the world’s hardest places to be free from exploitation and abuse, to be flourishing in safe communities. Our vision is of a world in which every child has the chance to live life to the full; where they are loved, protected and cared for, and enjoy good health and an education. For this to become a reality, we work alongside communities in close to 100 countries to bring about long-term change; we give children a voice in the places where decisions are made and we respond quickly to the emergencies that affect more than 250 million people around the world each year. As we do this, we focus on three key areas: child protection, child health and emergency response. Every day World Vision brings real hope to millions of children in the world's hardest places as a sign of God's unconditional love.
HOPE is a Christian charity working together with churches of every denomination and ethnicity across the UK to put faith into words and action. It encourages churches to work together and to reach out in villages, towns and cities, particularly at key Christian festivals – Easter, Harvest, and Christmas