Work and Worship in Zimbabwe - an introduction to rural life in Central Zimbabwe

Tenda Mwari (Thank God) sung by the Youth Choir of St Cuthbert’s,  Gweru
St Patrick’s High School includes interviews with pupils about their hopes for the future
St Luke’s Kwekwe:  extract from an open air service at Kwekwe Hospital
Work & Worship in Zimbabwe Tenda Mwari St Patrick's High School Kwekwe Service Extract

Fundraising Initiatives

Many of our Croydon parishes have worked hard to raise funds for projects in Central Zimbabwe or for their link parishes there. Here are some of their more creative endeavours:

A member of St Mary’s Addington came up with an old fundraising idea with a new twist. He and others from the congregation did a sponsored walk from Croydon Minster to St Mary’s. It is not on the face of it a huge distance, but as he points out, it is the distance that many people in Zimbabwe have to walk every day in order to get water – a thought that brought a whole new perspective as they followed the route of the Croydon tramway.

The photo is of them arriving!

Christ Church, South Nutfield came up with a new fundraising idea for their link with St Patrick’s clinic during Lent, with an initiative entitled ‘From Here to Maternity’. Parishioners were given a pint plastic milk bottle at the beginning of Lent and encouraged to think as they drunk the milk of their easy access to health facilities and to healthy food. They then used the empty bottles (washed out) to fill with money to be brought back to church on Easter Sunday. With children from the local church school joining the project as well, over £2000 was raised for maternity care at St Patrick’s.

Bob and Linda West from St Mary of Nazareth, West Wickham, drove their vintage car from John O Groats to Lands End to raise money for their link parish, St Andrew's Mkoba.

It was quite an adventure including getting caught in snow storms!

We’d love to hear about your fundraising initiatives for Zimbabwe. Do please share them with us.