BRITAIN’S LONGEST running door-to-door fundraising week, organised by Christian Aid, will this year receive a substantial boost in income thanks to the Government’s UK Aid Match scheme.
The first £5 million donated to Christian Aid Week 2012 (May 13-19) will be matched by the Department for International Development (DFID), enabling the charity to help more people work their way out of poverty.
UK Aid Match, introduced in June 2011, allows the public to have a say in how some of the existing aid budget is spent by match funding selected charity appeals for poverty reduction work carried out in developing countries.
The Christian Aid UK Aid Match money will be used to support poor communities in Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Burma to improve access to healthcare and build sustainable livelihoods.
Loretta Minghella, director of Christian Aid, said: ‘We are delighted DFID have awarded Christian Aid Week UK Aid Match funding. Christian Aid Week has been running for 55 years and this is the first time we have ever received this kind of match funding for it. It’s a major boost to our fundraising efforts in an increasingly difficult economic climate. The potential extra £5 million will make an enormous difference to our ability to help poor communities around the world live in dignity.’