FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - John Griffith

John Griffith is one of Christian Aid's thousands of unsung heroes. The charity celebrates its 47th annual Christian Aid week from 11-17 May

When did you get involved with Christian Aid?

Christian Aid week has been a regular part of my life. When I retired from my teaching job in north-west England, I decided to get further involved with the charity's fundraising and campaigning.

Why did you get involved with Christian Aid?

I went to an inspiring talk by Christian Aid director Daleep Mukarji that helped me to see the organisation in its wider context. In my working life I didn't feel I had the time to do anything more, but in retirement I found I had more flexibility. I like to be involved and there's a lot at stake. I would find it hard to sit back and do nothing.

What do you feel you bring to Christian Aid?

The time and skills I volunteer for Christian Aid vary depending on the activities around the charity's key moments. The flexibility is part of the appeal for me. Apart from door-to-door collections during Christian Aid week, I also give talks in schools as a Christian Aid teacher and I try to encourage people locally to take action by lobbying their MPs, for example.

What type of things have you done for Christian Aid?

For last year's Christian Aid week, I repaired a run-down rickshaw acquired from Bangladesh. I helped restore the machine and make a trailer for it and it was featured in Liverpool's annual 'Walk the Waterfront' fundraiser. It even made an appearance at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

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