Drumoak-Durris Church is dedicated to supporting a range of causes, both local and global as we strive to alleviate the worst consequences of poverty and inequality where we can. Here are a few of the charities and social enterprises that we are currently supporting:
Traidcraft works with small-scale food producers and artisans across the developing world to promote Fairtrade so that workers are paid a fair price for what they create and cultivate. They source crafts and produce for the UK from more than 30 developing countries including India, Bangladesh, Palestine, Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
This stall was setup before Easter and contains a lot of great treats including chocolate eggs!
The Traidcraft stall in action.
This is one of Traidcraft's bestselling items - Divine chocolate. The cocoa comes from Ghana with local producers receiving a fair wage to provide a sustainable income for their families.
As a Fairtrade Church, we are committed to supporting Traidcraft by providing a stall and selling Fairtrade goods including chocolate, biscuits, coffee, tea, sugar, pasta, rice and hand-crafted items. We operate our stall a number of times over the course of the year in either church and especially during Easter, Harvest Thanksgiving and just before Christmas.
We also recently answered Traidcraft's appeal for donations of old jewellery and foreign banknotes which were collected by our congregation and sent to Traidcraft. The items were recycled and cash proceeds were given to the organisation to support tea-growers in Bangladesh.
Community Food Initiatives North East Foodbank
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) is a social enterprise and charity based in Aberdeen. It operates a food bank at 2 Poynernook Road and provides emergency food parcels as well as offering budgeting and employability advice to those in need.
We have a food bank box currently located in Drumoak Church Hall where food donations can be placed. Often members of the congregation will buy items from our Traidcraft stall to put in the food box - therefore helping two charitable causes at once. A member of the congregation volunteers to take the box to CFINE where the donated goods are received by the charity.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has given generously for this cause and continue to do so.
Although CFINE accepts all donations, they are currently running low of the following items: rice, pasta, cooking sauce, tinned meals, soup, baked beans, toiletries (male and female including sanitary products), baby products (nappies, baby food) and children's toys.
World Mission Stamp Appeal 2019
This year's World Mission Stamp Appeal, organised by the Church of Scotland will support the Women's Development Centre (WDC) in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This organisation runs projects to support women and girls who have been victims of rape and sexual violence.
The WDC gives the women shelter, helps them return to education and train them to develop new skills. There is a social enterprise and cafe where the women can work and sell their hand-made products.
If you have any used stamps, please pass them on to our Elder, Howard Fowlie, who will deliver them to the World Mission Stamp Project. The stamps are then sold to raise funds to help women in Malawi reach their full potential.