St Mary's makes regular donations to other charities.
This is controlled by the Vestry through our Church Giving Fund, which is ring fenced for this purpose. Contributions
to the fund come from the St Mary's budget and from regular special collections at services held during the year.
Members of the congreation are encouraged to nominate charities that they wish to benefit by a donation from the Church
CHURCH GIVING FUND
Special collections at the Harvest Thanksgiving and Christmas Carol services are set aside for donations by St.Mary’s
to registered UK charities proposed by members of the congregation and approved by the Vestry. Priority is given to supporting
the work of charities in which members of our congregation are personally involved. Full details are given in the annual report
Our Donations during 2012/13
During 2012/13, as part of our commitment to giving, we donated:
to Christian Aid's Annual Appeal
St Mary’s made donations in years past to;
Glasgow City Mission
Maxie Richards Foundation
CINI – Tsunami relief
Art Link Central
The Callander Youth Project
Christian Aid (Lenten Appeal)
The British Red Cross Japanese Tsunami appeal
The Chesney Trust
The Chesney Trust for Education in Malawi
is a charity registered in Scotland (SC 037540) in October 2006 and a registered International Non-Governmental Organisation
in Malawi. The Trust was founded by Janet Chesney after a two-year voluntary teaching placement in Nkhamenya, Malawi on the
Scottish Churches World Exchange programme.
This experience inspired
the foundation of the Trust, whose objects are:
(a) to advance the education of girls in Northern Malawi, by means of funding a
project to build a girls’ secondary school (to be called the Edinburgh Girls’ High School) in Engcongolweni, in
Mzimba District, and provide bursaries annually for five children with hearing impairment, and for five orphans;
(b) to improve the infrastructure
(roads, water, electricity, employment opportunities) and health facilities of the surrounding area for the benefit of the
on the achievements of the first year and the plans for the school are given in the Annual Report and Financial Statement
and Project Plan, which can be found at http://www.chesneytrust.org/news. The work of Janet Chesney and The Chesney Trust received very favourable
comment from MSP’s Karen Gillon and Aileen Campbell
in the debate on Malawi in the Scottish Parliament in February 2008.
Maxie Richards Organisation
The Maxie Richards Foundation
was launched over 10 years ago by the Scottish Episcopalian, Maxie Richards. Its aim is to advance the education of people
about the misuse of illicit and prescribed drugs, alcohol and tobacco; to relieve the suffering and stress of people addicted
to such drugs and to provide education about the related, social, sexual and health problems. Maxie Richards was ‘called’ to help drug addicts. She takes them into her
home and provides rehabilitation care, where they can start leading normal lives and helping in the community. We may not
be called to do what Maxie does, but as her website says, as people of God it is our privilege to be able to pray conscientiously
for addicts and those seeking to help them. The Maxie Richards centre is in Glasgow
Pump Aid tackles poverty by
working with local communities to establish sustainable supplies of clean water for improved health and increased agricultural
To break the cycle of poverty in Africa, access to clean
water for drinking and water for irrigation must be improved. Pump Aid builds appropriate technology water pumps, called Elephant Pumps
that can be maintained by poor rural communities without
any outside assistance.
These pumps provide clean drinking water and can also be used to sustain
crops during the dry season or through periods when rains fail, as they have done this year.
Pump Aid works mainly in Zimbabwe but is
currently expanding operations into Malawi and Mozambique.
There have also been requests for Pump Aid to assist in several other African countries
We also donate each year to the annual Christian Aid appeal.
Jean Sykes is the local co-ordinator for Christian Aid. If you would like to assist Christian
Aid in any way, please contact her for information.
How to give to St Marys Church, Aberfoyle,
including Gift aid scheme (formerly Covenants), weekly envelopes and collections. Let the Church benefit from your will. Click here for more information.
Remember that you can assist the Church even more by filling out the
front of the envelope in your pew each week, and turn your weekly donation into a Gift Aid donation. This enables the
Church to reclaim the tax you pay from the Chancellor - currently 25p in the pound. Or ask the Treasurer for a weekly
St Mary's Church
Main Street Aberfoyle FK8 3UG UK 01877 382887
A charity registered in Scotland: SC023266
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