Sudbury Christian Aid Group paddles against poverty
Along the river Stour from Dedham to Flatford
Sudbury Christian Aid Group members have once again taken up their paddles against poverty. In July, 12 people from Suffolk and Essex completed a canoe trip along the river Stour from Dedham to Flatford.
Half the participants had never canoed before, while others had been doing this annual canoe fundraiser for over a decade. The youngest participants were awaiting GCSE and A level results, and the oldest were well into their retirement.
The weather was perfect, the scenery was picturesque and the wildlife was vibrant. At Flatford there was a short break where people were able to enjoy an exhibition of John Constable’s paintings featuring the local surroundings, before returning to Dedham.
This trip will raise money for Christian Aid’s work supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya, which is being match-funded 20:1. For every £5 raised by the canoers, an additional £100 will be donated by USAID.
It was a very enjoyable way to raise a significant amount of money for Christian Aid’s fantastic work. Thank you to those who took part, those who sponsored the participants, and especially to those who organised the event.
Organiser Charles Croydon said:
'It was a perfect day to canoe through the iconic landscape painted by Constable. The view from a canoe of this area of outstanding natural beauty was of a pastoral scene of cows drinking at the waterside.
'The Christian Aid Sudbury group made me feel part of the team. There was also an aspect of adventure — navigating around fallen trees and avoiding stinging nettles — leading to a great feeling of achievement.'
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