While many in Dorridge were gearing up for an evening watching England’s footballers fail to find the back of the net in Euro 2012, a lively gathering at Dorridge Village Hall concentrated on nets of a different kind – mosquito nets! More than 200 members, friends and families from local Christadelphian churches filled DVH to capacity on Sunday 24th June, raising nearly £1500 to buy mosquito nets for African families to help protect them from the terrible scourge of malaria. The nets were purchased and delivered just a few weeks later by a small group visiting a deprived rural area of Uganda, where they gave health talks, repaired water pumps, refurbished an orphanage and generally made a big difference to the lives of the Ugandan church members and their surrounding community.
Friends of those making the trip, from congregations based in Dorridge, Kings Heath, Kenilworth, Handsworth and even further afield, showed their support by helping with the special fund-raising informal evening service, during which African-style food was on sale together with fruit smoothies, home-made cakes, plants and crafts. The event had something for all ages, with lively singing including African drumming, activities for children, quizzes and games and even some sunshine!