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Coffee Morning in Support of Water Aid

August 24, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

I like BBC Radio 4 but admit that my concentration sometimes wanders, especially if I’m also doing something else.   A few weeks ago, however, my mental wandering was brought to a sudden halt.  The broadcaster’s words shot through my inattention and jolted me back into the here and now, or, more correctly, the now.  It wasn’t “here” but “there,”

“…there are three thousand people in this refugee camp but only one toilet…”

Yes, I am aware that there are millions of people who have neither a safe water supply nor any sanitation but that stark statement really hit me.  Few of us can imagine what it must be like to be denied these basics.   Their lack of such facilities means more than dealing with a very unpleasant situation but also leads to disease and its often fatal consequences.

Some years ago I organised a coffee morning in Rusthall to raise funds for Water Aid.  The words I heard on Radio 4 now prompt me to do so again and I hope that my initiative will be supported

My proposed Water Aid coffee morning is booked for Saturday 24th August 2013 at the URC Hall in Rusthall.   Offers of help will be welcomed especially for the “Bakery Stall”, raffle, perhaps door and, dare one mention it, standby for washing up!   Gifts of items for the tombola and raffle will be gratefully received as will “goodies” for the “Bakery”: sweet or savoury, perhaps preserves or even home-grown fruit and vegetables if some can be spared.   The entrance fee will be 50p, filter (or jar!) coffee/ tea and homemade cake will be £1.   I admit to having occasional moments of anxiety, imagining hundreds of people crowding in but no helpers or coffee or, equally awful, dozens of helpers but no customers. Previous experience should reassure me. Although before the event “staff numbers” and gifts might seem few, on the day people have always turned up, turned to and we have a thoroughly enjoyable and productive morning.   I hope you will be able to support this event and also tell your friends.

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Mark Rees



August 24, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am


United Reform Church
Manor Road, Rusthall, TN4 8UD United Kingdom
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