CHRISTIAN Aid is a charity which works in 48 countries, with people of all faiths and none, and next week is Christian Aid Week.
Its aim is to reduce poverty around the world and to do this it works in three ways. Firstly it funds long term development work, responding to emergencies and working in partnership to challenge the unjust systems that make and keep people poor. It works alongside partner organisations rather than giving money to governments.
In Inverurie, Christian Aid week begins on Saturday, May 11, with a Baking Stall at the Farmers Market in Inverurie. Donations can be left at the Acorn centre on Friday. They will also accept books for the Book Fair which runs from Monday, May 13 in the West Church Hall. From Monday the familiar Red Envelopes will begin to be delivered to homes throughout Inverurie. As there is a shortage of collectors this year the collector may only come once so if your envelope is not collected it can be handed in at the Acorn Centre or the Bank of Scotland or you could consider donating on line at caweek.org.
In Meldrum there will be a thrift shop which is open Thursday, May 16, from 10am to 8pm, Friday, May 17, from 10am to 6pm and Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 12 noon. There is also a soup lunch on Thursday, from11.30am to 1.30pm.
In Insch the Leisure Trail will continue until May 14, and there is a sponsored walk on Sunday May 12. Quizzes and sponsor forms are available from the Church, hall and local shops. Throughout the week there will be events in the Insch Church Hall There will be a Book Sale & Tearoom on May 15, with a Traidcraft Stall, the famous Soup & Sweet Lunch will be held on May 17, from 11.30am to 1.30pm, and on Saturday, May 18, there will be a Super Sale with fresh pancakes cooked to order, musical entertainment and stalls for both young and old.
The United Service will be held in Chapel of Garioch Church at 6.30pm on Sunday, May 12.