A learning opportunity from Tearfund

A learning opportunity from Tearfund

Our vision of God’s Kingdom coming here on earth includes a fair and sustainable world where all people can flourish, and creation is cared for.

To get there, we need a prophetic movement of people working for transformation in the way we live our daily lives, as well as political change on poverty, the environment and inequality. We believe the church is a crucial part of this movement, and so at Tearfund we’re working to enable more Christians to be part of this change.

Does this idea excite you? Would you like to come together with others to develop and hone your change-making skills?

We’re working together with Christian Aid, the URC and CAFOD to take a group of people on a year-long learning journey. It’ll start with a weekend retreat (in Manchester) on 16-17th July where we’ll be learning about community organising from the Centre for Theology and Community. Going forward from the retreat there will be support, coaching and regular input from Tearfund and from each other.

If you are interested in this, please email us (campaigns@tearfund.org) ASAP for more details. Please do also forward this email onto others you think might be interested.

Thanks,

Billie Anderson
Tearfund Campaigns

PS We’d also love to hear your stories of how you or your church are already part of this prophetic movement for change, do email them to us!

Kid President’s 2016 campaign aims to end child hunger

Kid President’s 2016 campaign aims to end child hunger

The European referendum isn’t the only campaign story you should be paying attention to this year — everyone’s favourite kid “politician” is speaking out about the big issues, too.

Robby Novak, better known as YouTube sensation Kid President, teamed up with ConAgra Foods and Feeding America to launch a new campaign Thursday focusing on child hunger in the United States.

The latest Kid President video showcases the Child Hunger Ends Here initiative, furthering his belief that kids “should focus on being more awesome, and not have to worry about their next meal.”

Novak and his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, created the Kid President video series to show how anyone, even kids, can create positive social change. Over the last five years, the pair has helped provide more than 500,000 meals to communities around the world.

Their partnership with ConAgra Foods, one of North America’s biggest packaged food companies, has specifically targeted child hunger in the U.S.

For every view and share of the video above between April 14 and May 9, ConAgra will donate the monetary equivalent of a meal to hunger relief organization Feeding America.

Montague said:

“I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had no clue there were so many families struggling with food insecurity here in the United States”.

He learned about the issue from young people during his own service learning program in 2009 — young girls showed him not only that there was a problem going on here, he says, but that there are also solutions.

Kid President 100000 meals

With the growth of the Kid President audience, Montague and Novak have been able to create a community that makes good things happen.

Montague describes their partnership with ConAgra Foods as more heartfelt and genuine than many brands and organizations he’s encountered.

Robert Rizzo, senior director of community investment at ConAgra:

“Committing to an issue as serious as child hunger is a constant challenge.  It’s promising to see results on an individual level when we hear from families whose lives have been changed as a result of ConAgra’s commitment.”

Disappointed with Sainsbury’s

Disappointed with Sainsbury’s

I was saddened to hear that the Wave 105 Easter Egg Appeal will not take place this year.  In an email from Wave 105 we were told that:

at the 11 hour Sainsbury’s have told us that they cannot be a drop off point, leaving us no time to get another partner ready in time to start the appeal . So for this year we cannot provide you with Easter eggs.

The decision from Sainsbury’s is a head office decision not a local one, all the stores in our region are as disappointed as we are but they obviously have to be guided by their Head Office.

I am so sorry, we will however still be doing Mission Christmas at the end of the year and next year we will have found another partner for the egg appeal so you will be able to have eggs next year.

It is a disappointing decision from Sainsbury’s and one that will have a big impact on our local community.  Last year we were able to give 100 children Easter Eggs who otherwise would have received nothing.