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Walk for Water

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On Saturday 16 February 2019, we’ll have another WaterWorks fundraiser. It also aims at helping us engage with our community. Let’s build on last year’s good will.

If you don’t know, WaterWorks is Anglican Aid’s project enabling those in impoverished developing world communities to get access to clean and reliable water supplies and the sanitation facilities so badly needed.

On that Saturday morning (16/2), we’ll enjoy the beautiful waters of Wollongong, with a walk along the waters of the Blue Mile from the Flagstaff Hill Light House at 8am, to Stuart Park playground, arriving about 8:30am (about 2km).

Once there, we’ll have bircher muesli and bacon and egg rolls on sale for breakfast.

We’ll have the Catapault-a-Clergyman water balloons and Dunk-your-Kids activities for a few laughs and to raise more funds. And of course, there’s always the playground, and the beach nearby for a swim after…

But how else do we raise funds for WaterWorks in the lead up? Answer: not  by asking others. But by going without ourselves.

Decide to drink only water for a week, or a fortnight beforehand. Or go without your favourite beverage for that period. You choose. And every time you would buy a coffee, OJ, beer, wine or soft-drink (or the makings), just drink tap water instead. And you transfer the cost of that other drink into your stash to donate to WaterWorks. At the end of the period, you donate all the money you saved!

Or if you can’t stand the idea of giving up your regular drinks, you could just donate a lump sum instead as a ‘fine’ for not giving up the coffee etc.!

This is a great community social justice event you can invite friends with a spiritual bent or a fringe church connection to do with you. You don’t ask them to sponsor you. You ask them to join you:

  • in just drinking water for a week or fortnight and donating money saved, &
  • in joining our “walk for water” on Saturday 16 February 2019.

As we said last year, only Jesus has the power to turn water into wine! But his love empowers us to turn wine (or coffee or beer or juice) into water for others!

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?   –  1 John 3:16-17

Sandy Grant
Senior Minister

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