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The Cambridge Appeal for Syria
I want to support this endeavour in every way possible. I know that there are many calls on our compassion at the moment. The survivors of the Syrian war are at the top of my list. It is a terrible situation that they are in. They are mums and dads, children and grandparents, just like our families. They are not autumn leaves and I hope many people will get behind it.
Thank you for your call yesterday and for confirming that you can publicise this Appeal to the churches in our area. I'm very grateful to you.
I was delighted to hear that you're a Rotarian - you'll have TWO first First Class tickets through the pearly gates then!
I feel that we've a great opportunity at this time for the expression by us Christians of the compassion of the Holy Spirit and the idealism of Rotary to work together in our communities for the good of these people. While we can (justifiably at times) feel powerless in the face of disaster on such an immense scale, Christians and Rotarians know the quiet power of hope, charity and cumulative individual actions. Sermon over - you're much better than me at that!
At present the key thing for all the churches and their members to know is that the on-line Auction of Promises is live now at this address for all to take part in:
On the screen there is also a button for making donations which can be Gift-Aided. There's lots of info. there about the two charities being supported that you know so well personally - Shelterbox and the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign.
For many church-goers I guess that participation by donation could be more appealing? Would it be possible in your message to propose that the churches have a collection at some time in the next few weeks? If it helps I or another Club member could come to speak.
Cheques can be made to: The Rotary Club of Cambridge
The live auction will be on 26/9, 7.30pm at St John's College, for which there are a few tickets left. Anyone interested can email me.
Here's a piece from the Cambridge News re support from the Duke and Duchess et al:
Would you like to come? If so I can arrange for two tickets for you and a guest at half-price.
I feel like a travelling salesman!! But I'm passionate about involving people to help these tragic people. The next stage could be to get a Cambridge movement going to support education for the children trapped in the various camps. There are four little known holding camps in Africa (more like prisons) with 250,000 mainly children in each!
In the Love of Jesus