“GIVING TO FUNDS FOR OTHERS” (“GIFO”) APPEALS
Baildon Methodist Church supports many external charities each year
Each month, a different external charity is nominated by a Church Member as our “GiFO” charity. They are then selected and the arrangements for giving are coordinated by the Treasury Committee. The Church Council was especially keen that external charities should not suffer because we have also been raising funds for the Church’s “BiG Project” to refurbish and improve our premises.
Information about the chosen charity is provided in Pews News. Special donation envelopes are made available near the two entrances to the Church for use by those who wish to contribute. Donation envelopes can be placed in the collection plate during the offering, at any time during the month. There will be no pressure placed on anyone to donate!
Occasionally and in addition, retiring collections for international disasters will still be arranged, when needed.
If, however, you want to make a direct appeal to our congregation for a charity dear to you, please talk to John Sykes, Church Treasurer, before you do so – just to ensure that there are not too many direct appeals going out to members at the same time.
If you wish to suggest a “good cause” to be included in the GiFO calendar in future, please talk to John Sykes, Church Treasurer, who will bring your suggestion to a future meeting of the Treasury Committee.
Recent GiFo donations (through monthly donations or special events):
- Action for Children £4070.00
- All We Can (Methodist Relief and Development) £376.40
- Bradford Soup Run £50.00
- Children in Need £77.80
- Care for Kaleo £914.70
- Multiple Systems Atrophy £130.00
- MHA £70
- Oxfam – Rohingya Refugee Crisis £650.00
- Red Cross, Syria Appeal £10.00
- Run on Sun Fund for Glenaire Primary School solar panels £950.00
The GIFO Appeal in September 2018 is for Mercy Ships
Our GiFO this month is for Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships is a faith-based international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need. Conditions requiring surgical treatment kill more people in low-income countries than HIV/Aids, TB and malaria combined. Globally, five billion people have no access to safe, affordable surgery when they need it.
As well as completing thousands of urgent operations onboard its “floating hospital”, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships volunteers also work closely with host nations to improve the way healthcare is delivered across the country, by training and mentoring local medical staff, and renovating hospitals and clinics.
Please give generously in the special envelopes you will find by both doors to the church, and place your donation in the offertory bags on any Sunday during the month. If you are an income tax payer, please gift-aid your donation as this allows the Fund to reclaim tax on your donation and increase its value by 25% at no cost to you.
Please place any filled envelopes in the church collection plate on any Sunday or hand them in person to the Church Treasurer, John Sykes.
Future GIFO’s planned are as follows:
September Mercy Ships
October All We Can
November Action for Children
December Gift to Church.