Supper aids charity work

Brenda Hall of Elie, seated right
Brenda Hall of Elie, seated right

Christian Aid has been giving people food for thought... thanks to a new book.

The charity, in a joint project with the Scottish Episcopal Church, produced ‘Lent Food’ – a recipe book for low-cost meals for those seeking inexpensive ways to feed hungry families,

And, of course, it was also to help raise awareness about the deprived parts of the world, as well as ways of observing Lent.

The book was launched in January, and Brenda Hall of Elie was awarded a prize for her contribution.

The Christian Aid Committee for Elie, Kilconquhar and Colinsburgh, on which Ms Hall represents the Scottish Episcopal Church, last week hosted a Lenten Supper in Elie Parish Church hall.

Forty-five people enjoyed a delicious meal, based on one of her recipes, followed by fresh fruit from home and abroad.

After the supper Dr Alan McDonald, minister of St Leonard’s Church, St Andrews, a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and one of two Scottish Trustees of Christian Aid, spoke on ‘Making a Difference’.

He told his audience how Christian Aid had begun in 1947, when a Scottish Army padre with St Andrews connections, Douglas Lister, developed the work of relieving refugees in war-torn Europe.

Since then the charity had grown and expanded into the world-wide relief agency it is today; last year it had been able to invest 93 million pounds in development projects.

Dr McDonald told some inspiring tales of how the charity had helped in individual cases, but stressed in the strongest terms that the policy was always to work with local people to empower them in bringing improvements to their own communities – clean water being a priority, but also better husbandry, health services and education.

Dr McDonald’s talk was received with great appreciation, and he was presented with a hamper of Fair Trade food.

Copies of ‘Lent Food’ were available without charge, but those who took them gave very generously, and as the food was almost all sponsored by the Co-operative Society at Anstruther and Ardross Farm Shop, £800 was raised for Christian Aid.