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70th anniversary conference

November 2015

On Saturday 3 October, more than 130 people, including Christian Aid partners from three continents, gathered at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church for 'Many Mountains to Climb', our 70th anniversary conference.

Audience at 70th anniversary conference

Many mountains to climb

Thanks to live-streaming by Sanctus Media, those present at the venue were joined by a group watching together at Inverurie West Parish Church, and others watching online at home.

Participants at the conference heard from representatives of three Christian Aid partner organisations.

Olver Vaca Ruiz from our Bolivian partner Centro de Investigacion y Promocion del Campesinado (CIPCA) and Beswada Wlison from our Indian partner Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA) were joined by Graham Philpott from our South African partner Church Land Programme (CLP).

During the day, Olver, Beswada and Graham presented a picture of the work their organisations do and contributed to panel discussions on the themes of climate change, gender and land rights respectively.

Paul Valentin, who leads Christian Aid's international division, and Nick Guttmann, the head of our humanitarian team, complemented these discussions of our long-term development projects with their first-hand accounts of our emergency work.

Conference highlights

You can see a short film of highlights from the conference on Christian Aid's YouTube channel.

We were also privileged to watch video messages recorded by seven Christian Aid supporters whose own moving, inspiring, encouraging stories took us back to numerous episodes in Christian Aid's history.

Thank you to Theodor Davidovic, Anne Booth-Clibborn, Ian Whyte, Sheila Merchant, Marjorie Clark, Trish Gentry and Catherine Falconer for allowing us to hear their stories.

A special year

The conference was one of a number of events with which we have marked our 70th anniversary year.

The anniversary has provided us with an opportunity to look both backwards and forwards. To focus on the work still to do, but also to note our successes, and to celebrate the vision and passion of Christian Aid's partners and supporters which supply the fuel that keeps us going.

Throughout the year, by climbing 70 of Scotland's Munros between February and October, hundreds of Christian Aid supporters were able to reflect on, and draw attention to, the mountains of injustice we must yet tackle if we are to bring about an end to poverty.

During the autumn, 70th anniversary activity reached its peak with the final Munro climb, up Schiehallion, on the eve of the conference, the visits of our three partners in September and October, as well as with the conference itself.

Either side of the conference, Olver, Beswada and Graham attended events up and down the country, meeting Christian Aid supporters in Aberdeen, Dunblane, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth.

And, to conclude our marking of this special year, 200 people assembled at St Giles' Cathedral on Tuesday 10 November at our 70th anniversary Service of Thanksgiving , where the chair of our board of trustees, Dr Rowan Williams, preached the sermon.

View photos of our 70th anniversary events

Christian Aid's 70th Anniversary in Scotland

Thank you

However you've supported Christian Aid in this special year, thank you. We hope you will stay with us as we continue our work into 2016 and beyond.


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