African rhythms rock for Christian Aid’s 70th
Gospel songs and dramatic drums nearly raised the roof of St Edmund’s Church, Taverham, last week at a celebration event to mark Christian Aid's 70th anniversary.
Report by Frances Middleton, Local Christian Aid Supporter
Local group, the Happy Day Gospel Choir, had the 70-strong audience swaying and clapping to their swinging harmonies at the event on April 25. The riotous rainbow of their African tunics – scarlet and gold, turquoise and lime – and the great songs, meant we could almost smell the coconut palms!
Chairman of the Norwich Christian Aid Committee, Alan Rix, cut the celebratory cake, and then Dumisani Drums took us by storm, with huge, harmonious, soaring sounds from tribal Senegal and Mali making us feel we were part of an African village.
Angela and Carla danced and shook in the aisles, confident and beautiful. A few brave souls joined them! It was all enormous fun for everyone there.
It was a great evening which raised £300 which can give a new life for an Ethiopian woman.
Julian Bryant, of Christian Aid, told us of Loko, living in Ethiopia, who has to walk for 8 hours to collect sparse firewood to sell, in order to feed her family. Julian had brought a bundle of branches like hers and spoke as he struggled to lift it. The provision of a cow would mean giving her standing in her community, a healthier diet for her children and the ability to be more independent.
Help more people like Loko this Christian Aid Week - see www.christian-aid.org or text MILK to 70040
Contact Julian Bryant if you would like to help with street collections or to do an event in your church. firstname.lastname@example.org