Swim in support of Tanzania project

November 26 2014

MORE than 20 young people and adults connected with Christ Church Downend together swam the length of the English Channel The swim, on Sunday, November 23, was the first fundraising activity towards a visit to Iringa in Tanzania next summer.

MORE than 20 young people and adults connected with Christ Church Downend together swam the length of the English Channel The swim, on Sunday, November 23, was the first fundraising activity towards a visit to Iringa in Tanzania next summer.

 Next August, 10 young people and six adults from the church will spend time in the country working with a handicrafts training and employment project with deaf and physically disabled adults. They will also work on another project helping street children.

“The main focus for the trip will be to serve the communities we visit and to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way. In so doing we aim to be a blessing and an encouragement to those in Iringa,” said Gary Smart, who is one of the leaders of the group going to Tanzania.

The group will work alongside Ben and Katy Ray, who are long-term partners of Christ Church Downend. “The idea is to very much work in partnership with our friends in Tanzania and we will be learning from them. Working in Africa is a fantastic privilege and will provide our young people with an amazing, life-changing experience,” continued Gary. 

The sponsored swim, which took place at Virgin Active Centre in Stoke Gifford, was the idea of one of the group going to Tanzania, 16-year old David Moller, who is also a lifeguard at the pool.

Money raised from the sponsored swim and other fundraising activities will go towards some of the costs of the trip and also to support the two projects that the group will be working with, Neema Crafts and Fisch Street children’s charity. To support the team, please visit https://my.give.net/teamtanzania.