CHURCH of Ireland congregations in Crosshaven and Kinsale raised nearly €1,300 for overseas development agency Christian Aid Ireland with a recent coffee morning and sale.
Organized by the Rector of Templebreedy, the Reverend Isobel Jackson with the support of her parishioners, the fundraiser took place outside Holy Trinity Church in Crosshaven in May following a joint service for church members Holy Trinity and Nohoval near Kinsale.
The morning coffee was held to mark Christian Aid Week which this year focused on Zimbabwe. During the service, Bandon church and community leader Andrew Coleman spoke about the agency’s work in the drought-stricken east of the country, where climate change is leading to drought, crop failures and famine. . In response, Christian Aid has enabled nearly 30,000 people to earn a living despite reduced rainfall, including helping women farmers switch to growing drought-tolerant crops such as hibiscus that can be sold to make herbal teas.
All of the items offered for sale at the Crosshaven event were made or grown by parishioners – cakes and jams, vegetables, herbs and potted plants, as well as handcrafted items such as tea cosies.
Before Covid, the annual coffee matinee was held in the presbytery, but Reverend Isobel chose to hold it outside the church this year, under an open marquee, to minimize Covid risk and maximize attendance. Reverend Isobel joked that the outdoor event had another benefit. ‘It was great not having to tidy up my house before morning coffee this year!’ she says.
Reverend Isobel, who spent eight years (1998-2006) doing missionary work in Uganda with her husband and two young children, shares Christian Aid’s passion for bringing justice to the world’s poorest people.
Christian Aid Ireland chief executive Rosamond Bennett thanked her and paid tribute to the generosity of her parishioners. “The money raised for Christian Aid Week helps us reach even more people around the world facing extreme poverty, struggling with the impact of conflict and the consequences of the climate crisis.”