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Celebrity A to Z

A is for awareness. Our celebrity supporters help to make sure our message gets out there.

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating travelled to Ghana as a trade justice ambassador.

C is for climate. Environmental campaigner Greta Scacchi believes we owe it to the world’s poorest communities to tackle climate change. She’s addressed rallies and fringe meetings at UK party conferences in support of our campaign.

Damian LewisDamian Lewis reported for us on the sell-off of Bolivia’s public services, a policy that made the lives of the country’s poor even harder.

EastEnders’ Kara Tointon was inspired by the projects she visited in Zambia, meeting families devastated by HIV/AIDS.

Farming is something Blur bassist Alex James knows a lot about. So who better to send to Burkina Faso to see how farmers there are adapting to climate change?

Gardeners’ World has inspired many a green-fingered viewer. Presenter Diarmuid Gavin learned how multi-storey gardens in Kenya are vital for growth in extreme weather conditions.

Hayley AtwellHollywood actress Hayley Atwell was thrilled to discover the opportunities a coffee cooperative in Nicaragua is creating for poor communities.

If There’s Any Justice... The title of Lemar’s hit single sounds like a suitable anthem for Christian Aid, doesn’t it? The MOBO award-winning artist learned about our HIV work in Ethiopia on his first trip.

Jill Halfpenny left behind the bustle of Albert Square as she headed to India for Christian Aid Week 2005. There she witnessed our work with dalit communities, and recovery work after the 2004 tsunami.

Kris Marshall endured a bumpy trip to Beni, Bolivia where he saw how Present Aid provides gifts that keep on giving. Though the area may look like a tropical paradise to rival the location of his hit show, Death in Paradise, he explained how life in Beni is very tough.

Lily ColeLily Cole traded the catwalk for a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. The model stressed the importance of treating not just the symptoms of poverty, but also the causes.

M is for message. Thanks to the support and commitment of our celebrity ambassadors, we can be sure as many people as possible will hear about our partners’ life-changing work across the globe.

Nicholas Hoult, star of X-Men: Days of Future Past and A Single Man, reported on a scheme to provide clean water and sanitation to communities living in slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kwame Kwei-ArmahO is for onion farmers. Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah travelled to Senegal to meet farmers marginalised because of unfair trade laws.

Pearl and Daisy Lowe were fashionistas in favelas when they visited a Christian Aid funded scheme making a difference to women’s lives in Brazil.

Q is for question mark. Who will be our next celebrity supporter...?

Read all about it! Author Jenny Colgan visited a women’s literacy project in Senegal and spoke about her experience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Scott and Bailey star Suranne Jones made two trips with Christian Aid. Her first, to Sierra Leone, included projects on HIV and women’s empowerment. Five years later, accompanied by friend and fellow Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay, she visited projects designed to improve people’s lives after the civil war.

Tali Lennox, model daughter of Eurythmics singer Annie, travelled to Sierra Leone to visit projects at the heart of Christian Aid Week 2012.

Uganda – destination of Lemar’s second trip for Christian Aid. There, the soul star found out about farming projects set up to cope with the realities of climate change.  

V is for VIPs. Our celebrity supporters shun the red carpet treatment they’re used to in order to tell vital stories from the developing world.

Beverley Knight West End star of The Bodyguard, Beverley Knight has worked with Christian Aid for a number of years. Among the projects the soul queen’s visited was In Tune for Life in Lilongwe, Malawi, which uses the power of music to tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.

X-factor: something all of our celebrity supporters have!

You go on the journey with us. You play a vital role, empowering people living in poverty to build a brighter future. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.

Z is for zeal. The desire to end poverty drives you, us and our celebrity supporters. Together, our vision can become a reality.

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