Chiswick Churches Aim to Make Poverty History

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Local resident Hugh Caldin will be flying the flag for the Chiswick Churches 4 Trade Justice (CC4TJ) group, of which he is secretary, by attending the mass rally organised by the Make Poverty History campaign in Edinburgh on 2 July.

“The long journey up and down by coach will be well worth it if the event brings wider recognition amongst world leaders of the problems of Africa, and prompts them to take action to alleviate the dreadful poverty there,” says Hugh. “It’s a unique opportunity for people to be part of something that could change the face of Africa and the wider world.”

CC4TJ is a co-operative venture by a number of parishes in the Chiswick area which organises events to promote trade justice, fair trade products and poverty alleviation.

Earlier this year they put on a programme of events to raise awareness of the issue including a talk by local broadcaster Feargal Keane.

The nationwide MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Campaign, spearheaded by charities including Christian Aid, CAFOD, The Fairtrade Foundation and OXFAM, is already rolling, with a three-pronged focus on

  • Trade Justice,
  • Drop the Debt and
  • a policy for more and better-targeted aid to poor countries.

June 27, 2005