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.
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 sauce, sugar, tinned meals, tinned fruit and vegetables, tea, coffee, toiletries (male and female including sanitary products) and baby products (nappies, baby food).
World Mission Stamp Appeal 2019
This year's World Mission Stamp Appeal, organised by the Church of Scotland will support the Chigodi Women Centre in Blantyre, Malawi. This organisation delivers a broad range of training material to improve the socio-economic status of women, helping them develop skills in marketing and entrepreneurship.
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 Ukrainian children with disabilities reach their full potential.
Christian Aid works across the world to help tackle poverty and support sustainable development in the Third World. The Syria Crisis Appeal is providing help to many vulnerable refugees where millions across the country have been displaced as a result of the long and devastating civil war taking place.
Drumoak-Durris Church will be supporting Christian Aid in May where the retiral collection will be donated to this relief agency to help alleviate some of the worst cases of poverty and inequality in the world.