MORE than 570 people joined Christian Aid in its annual “Circle the City” event to mark the end of Christian Aid Week on Sunday.
In its 21st year, fund-raisers walked around the City of London, taking in famous sites such as the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral, besides visiting various City churches. They stopped at Temple Church, All Hallows’ by the Tower, and St Giles’s, Cripplegate, among others.
Started in 1997, Circle the City seeks to unite communities in the fight against poverty. Last year, it raised more than £40,000; the total for this year is still to be calculated, but organisers are hoping to raise more than £50,000 from this year’s walk.
The chief executive of Christian Aid, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, addressed the walkers at the beginning of the event, and the charity’s head of London region, Mark Sturge, also spoke. The Rector of St Mary-le-Bow, the Revd George Bush, joined the walkers and spoke to them before the event.
Neil Roper, the event manager, said on Monday: “The weather was wonderful, and everyone had a great time.
“Together, we could help give some of the world’s poorest people enough to eat and a safe place to call home. We walked in London to change the lives of others around the world.”