Link for Life is a registered charity which started in Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay in 2006. Churches across the Diocese are invited to get involved in a unique partnership which will join with organisations already supplying aid to Africa. A Link 4 Life team partners Hands at Work and also Mercy Air. We help churches to partner with their local high schools and communities to support people in need in Southern Africa. We take teams of young people to visit our partner charities in South Africa.
Team members are encouraged to speak up for the orphans and vulnerable children on their return and raise money for the projects they have visited. These countries can be transformational.
The photos below are of an event of a sponsored 3-legged walk to raise money for Link for Life Projects. On Sunday 5th February 2017 people gathered at St Anne's Church in Chasetown to cheer fund raisers who were taking part in a 1 mile sponsored 3-legged walk . No-one abandoned their challenge and continued until the end. There were other venues for walkers to raise money and all in all more than £1000 was raised. A special cheer must go to the eldest two-some who are both octogenarians.
A special mention
and a special cheer.
to Noreen and Phyllis
Rose and Richard
Terry and Angela
On the final corner of
the course is in sight.
David and Angela
The visit of a team of 14 and 15 year old students from WolgarstonHigh School in February went very well and they would like to thank everyone for their prayers while they were away. It was the students first visit to South Africa.
The project was started by Rose Westwood, the Diocese's Minister for World Mission, and her husband Revd. Richard Westwood.
The students involved were changed and challenged by their experiences and are now wanting to speak up about the people they met. Their aim now is to raise money to support 25 children in the community of Siyathuthuka. This is a community that is supported by the charity 'Hands at Work in Africa'. There aims are to help orphaned and vulnerable children have access to basic health care, food and education, to enable them to have a better chance to make a good start in life. The students spent a lot of time playing with the children and helping to prepare their meals. They left Africa with a greater understanding of the wider world. They now think afresh about what really matters, especially when they have witnessed the joy and faithfulness among people who find daily life a struggle.