Highlights from Big IF London – June 2013

On Saturday 8 June 2013, tens of thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally. They were there to make a massive noise in demanding that G8 leaders – meeting in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2013 – take action to tackle global hunger and save the lives of millions.

Speakers on the day included Bill Gates and Danny Boyle amongst others…

Here are some video and photo highlights of the event.

Big IF London: Tearfund
Big IF London: thank you
Big IF London–installation timelapse

A video of why this action is needed and should be supported:

Big IF Belfast–15th June 2013

 

The next event took place on the 15th June in Belfast, where the G8 leaders meeting was held. Lets pray and hope that the clear message sent to the G8, from people of all ages and from all parts of society, is taken on board in word and action.

The IF response summary to G8 session was:

Sally Copley, Enough Food For Everyone IF spokesperson, said:

“Today’s G8 tax deal is a step in the right direction, but it also leaves major unfinished business.” 

See more at: IF G8 Response

Good News on the “Enough Food for Everyone IF” Campaign

Further to my post on “Enough Food for Everyone IF” Campaign:

There was the recent news that the UK will now deliver on the promise made in 1970:

“Back in 1970 rich countries promised to give 0.7% of their national incomes as aid. But until today, the UK never has”.

See my post above for the full update…

Here is the Thank you video:

P.S. Have you seen the Enough Food IF Thank You video? Please do share it with your friends and family.

Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign

Tearfund have followed up their campaign around World Food Day (16th October), with supporting the IF Campaign.

This focuses on opportunity of the UK hosting the G8 summit in June of 2013, and therefore the opportunity the UK has to influence the world’s richest nations to bringing an end to world hunger.

Have a look at these videos to learn more.

Enough food for everyone IF…
Enough food for everyone IF…

Find out more about this here:

Post Update: (20th March 2013) via @Tearfund:

We’ve Won!

Today Chancellor George Osborne kept his promise to increase the aid budget. Let’s give God thanks that we’ve got here at last.

Back in 1970 rich countries promised to give 0.7% of their national incomes as aid. But until today, the UK never has. So this is a great victory for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, working hard this year to win the battle in hard times and against real opposition.

It’s also a great victory for all of us who’ve prayed and spoken out about this for many years. Thank you for your commitment and your faith.

We know we’ll need to monitor the aid to make sure it’s spent well. And we know aid’s only a first step towards the end of hunger – we want the government and G8 to keep the promise on climate finance and take action on tax, transparency, and land grabs.

We’ll see over the next week what the government does in the Finance Bill to help cut tax dodging in poor countries. There’s a lot more to do.

But today is a day to celebrate and tell your friends. Our voices and our prayers are powerful. We’ve helped hungry people to feed themselves, we’ve helped thirsty people get clean water to drink, we’ve helped people with HIV get care and treatment, we’ve given children an education, we’ve freed women from walking miles to fetch water.

Thank you for all you’ve done to get this promise kept.

Thank you.

The Campaigns Team.
P.S. Have you seen the Enough Food IF Thank You video? Please do share it with your friends and family.

Tearfund–Hunger Campaign

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Tearfund have recently launched a campaign around World Food Day (16th October) to re-think the funding gap to support some of poorest and most vulnerable  people in the world.

The people most susceptible to hunger and disruption on their food supply because of the impact of climate change.

In particular it draws attention to untaxed use of fuels in international shipping, even though it is not an insignificant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Watch this video to find out more:

Tearfund–Hunger Campaign

Find out more and take action here:

Celebrating Chinese New Year – in memory of Lily Song

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year, a fairly simple meal, of chicken stir fry and noodles, and other typical Chinese starters and sides.

The girls have covered Chinese New Year as part of their school work, and were excited to be celebrating the event at home.  They even had a lucky red envelope each. Smile

It seemed fitting occasion too, the mark the passing of my Grandmother Lily Song.  Who passed away peacefully last week, after living well into her nineties and having enjoyed a richly blessed and adventurous life.  She will be enjoying new things now with her Lord Jesus.

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2 Tim 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith (KJV)