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Darwen church works with 'Send a Cow' charity to help African community
10:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A DARWEN church has teamed up with a charity to ‘send a cow’ to Africa.
Central United Reformed Church in Duckworth Street has joined forces with Send A Cow, a charity that provides livestock to families in poverty-stricken countries.
The idea behind Send A Cow is that money is donated and taken to Africa where it is used to buy livestock, instead of handing over cash directly.
An event has been organised on September 21, where there will be a host of fundraising activities to raise cash for the charity. John East, a lay preacher at the church, said there were two reasons behind the church’s decision to support Send A Cow.
He said: “Rachel Lyons, who is originally from Darwen but now works in a hospital in the North East, does missionary work for the charity.
“She has been involved in it for a while and been on trips to Africa. We also have a number of members of the congregation who are from Africa.
“So we want to do something locally to celebrate our culture while also supporting them.
“This is a great charity because when money is donated to some of these countries it can disappear.
“But this way, they get an animal that can really help them to survive.”
Send A Cow was established 25 years ago by a group of UK dairy farmers looking to help Ugandans who were emerging from a civil war.
It provides training to communities in how to farm cows to get milk and to use their manure to help grow food and crops on their land.
The charity now supports people in Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Lesotho, Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya.
Tickets for the charity event on September 21 cost £6 and are available from Mr East on 01254 771957.
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