This Christmas, Christian Aid and Manchester Cathedral have partnered together to support peacemaking work around the world at the annual Christmas Sing Along on Saturday 15 December. People across Greater Manchester are being invited to get into the festive spirit by singing carols at Manchester Cathedral. By doing so, they will also be helping to build ‘peace on earth’ by supporting Christian Aid’s festive fundraising appeal highlighting families affected by conflict across the world.
Launched this month, the charity’s ‘Be A Peacemaker’ appeal will help support its work with children and adults who are suffering from trauma, homelessness, poverty and other effects of war and violence.
Last year, £1000 was raised at the Christmas Sing Along, helping to support some of the world’s poorest communities.
Sub-Dean David Holgate said: “We are keen supporters of Christian Aid, and are delighted to be able to help with their Be A Peacemaker appeal. The Cathedral Christmas Carols Sing-a-long is always popular with shoppers and we look forward to it again this year.”
Bex Turner, Regional Coordinator for Greater Manchester (Christian Aid) said: “Peace is at the heart of Christmas. It’s a season when we wish for peace on a personal level, in our families and in our communities. But for many people across the world, ‘peace on earth’ is a distant prospect this Christmas. As we gather with our friends and family, it’s the perfect time to remember people around the world whose lives have been damaged by conflict. By supporting our Christmas Aid Christmas Appeal, you can help bring peace to communities around the world.’
Today, one child in every six will wake up in a conflict zone around the world. And if things continue the way they are, by 2030 more than half of the world’s poorest people will live in countries affected by high levels of violence. This has devastating consequences for people’s development and wellbeing, children especially. It means people struggle to find food, a home, decent healthcare, education and an income. It means they can’t plan for the future.
The Christmas Carol Sing-along will take place on Saturday 15 December from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Drop into the Cathedral to sing some carols; just turn up and stay as long as you like.