From the saturated dark green hills of West Yorkshire to the dry sunny plains of Central Africa aid is on its way!
On Saturday 12th September members of Huddersfield 2nd ward gathered at the Christian African Relief Trust (CART) to help pack a 40 foot container with boxes of aid.
The container was bound for Benin in Nigeria and was filled with school and medical supplies, blankets, clothing and vocational training items. Even several bicycles were included!
Even the wet weather could not dampen the spirits of those who formed a human chain and in the absence of the usual fork lift truck, hoisted, heaved and hurled boxes one to another until the container was full. Now it is hoped that minds and hearts that have been empty can be filled once the container finishes its 4,468 mile journey.
Matthew Brill, 23, who recently completed a degree in accounting, was glad to send aid to those where opportunities for an education are so much less than those he enjoyed. Mrs Stewart, one of the Charity’s organisers, was responsible for efficiently co-ordinating the human work force.
CART is a charity run exclusively by volunteers both in the UK and in Africa. It receives no government funding or grants from elsewhere. Goods are sent to relieve extreme poverty and to support the development of educational, vocational medical and employment opportunities. The aid is distributed amongst the needy regardless of religion, social status, ethnicity or gender.
Self-help projects are supported in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Sister Lisa Taylor remarked how it was, “Amazing that so many good people are consistent and full of expertize in their efforts when all the work is accomplished on a voluntary basis.”