Adventist collection in aid of the poor

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An annual church collection gets under way today (Saturday) to raise money to help some of the world’s most poverty-stricken people.

Last year, Isle of Man residents raised more than £9,000 towards the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) appeal, which works with more than 120 countries trying to eliminate poverty.

Noel Apugnan, pastor of the Isle of Man Seventh Day Adventist Church, said that a team of between 35 and 50 volunteers would be carrying out door to door collections across the island from Saturday until Sunday, April 13.

All collectors will have identification and wear yellow vests with the ADRA logo on.

Twenty per cent of the money raised will stay in the island – going to Rebecca House children’s hospice.

The remainder will go to rural communities in Burkina Faso to give them access to clean water, and to support 30 bamboo schools in the Karen state of Myanmar.

The charity provides the tools for people to escape poverty, hunger and health problems such as HIV/AIDS.

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