Bishop encourages people to give thanks for their covid jab by donating to charity
The Right Revd Cherry Vann, Bishop of Monmouth has partnered with Christian Aid to encourage people to give thanks for their Covid jab by donating to the charity.
Recognising the deep sense of relief and gratitude experienced by many people after being vaccinated, Christian Aid has enabled people to pass the blessing on by making a donation to help its work supporting vulnerable people in some the world’s poorest communities.
The donations will help support the roll-out of vaccines in the poorer countries who are likely to get left behind and/or be asked to pay higher prices to obtain the vaccines.
Bishop Cherry, who is still to have her own vaccination, said: “The vaccine is bringing with it a deep sense of relief and hope for families across the UK and we saw that many people wanted to express their gratitude by reaching out to others.
“While the pandemic affects all of us, it has highlighted the deep disparities in how communities and families are able to protect themselves both within our country and around the world.
“My hope is that people will give generously to the work of Christian Aid from a place of thanksgiving and a desire to see all people being able to live safely. Whether people can give just a few pounds or a much larger sum, it will be an opportunity to share hope and love with our brothers and sisters across the world who do not have the benefits we have.”
Funds from the appeal are helping vulnerable communities around the world access soap, water, food and vital health information in the face of the pandemic. Many communities around the world face an uncertain wait for a vaccine as questions remain around the cost and timing of a global vaccine programme.
Cynan Llwyd, Acting Head of Christian Aid in Wales said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that none of us are safe, until all of us are safe. It has been amazing to see the speed at which the vaccines have been rolled out in the UK – every jab in someone’s arm brings us closer to the end of Covid-19.
“But the reality is that richer countries like ours are getting more access to vaccines, while the poorer countries in which Christian Aid works are left at the back of the queue. As a Christian organisation, we believe that every person is equal in the sight of God and worthy of living lives with dignity, equality and justice.
“We’re delighted to receive the support of the Bishop of Monmouth as we give people an opportunity to say thanks and help protect our global neighbours while the vaccine is out of reach.”
Christian Aid partners have so far directly helped over half a million people in 27 countries including distributing food packages to nearly 60,000 people struggling to feed their families after losing work during lockdown and the economic downturn.
Going forward, Christian Aid will support vaccination programmes in communities by providing data on hard-to-reach populations to local health services and by working with trusted community figures to challenge misleading information about the virus and vaccination as well as any stigma faced by those who contract Covid-19.
The appeal launch comes after nearly two thirds of people asked in a UK poll agreed that a global COVID-19 vaccine programme should be created which does not prioritise richer countries over poorer ones. Sixty-three per cent of respondents to the survey commissioned by Christian Aid said they wanted to see countries working together to create a global COVID-19 vaccine programme that would not prioritise developed countries over developing countries. Only 11 per cent disagreed.
You can donate to Christian Aid’s appeal by visiting this website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/ways-donate/give-thanks-your-coronavirus-vaccine