PWRDF Unit chair Peter Goodwin and national board member Denise Hambidge at a display at the PWRDF’s annual meeting in
Mining disasters have made the news lately, and in 1958 it was a mining disaster that led to the establishment of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for development, relief, refugees, and justice.
Some 167 coal miners died underground after an explosion at
Emergency relief continues on, primarily through Action for Churches Together (ACT), an ecumenical relief agency. But the Primate’s Fund has branched out into other areas during its 47 years.
Denise Hambidge of All Saints, Ladner, a national board member of the Primate’s Fund, and I, the new chair of the diocesan PWRDF unit, attended the Primate’s Fund’s annual meeting in
Currently a primary focus of the Primate’s Fund remains “The Partnership for Life for a Generation without AIDS” initiative, launched in 2003. A new undertaking of the initiative is the selling of red bracelets and “Hearts for Life” beaded pins with money going to support AIDS related projects in
The goal of the HIV/AIDS initiative is to raise $1 million nationwide to support programs aimed at combating the epidemic worldwide. To date just over half of that amount has come in.
The Primate’s Fund is a member of KAIROS, an ecumenical partnership working to promote human rights, justice and peace, viable human development, and ecological justice (www.kairoscanada.org).
In October 2005 through KAIROS we launched the “Enough for All” initiative that focuses on the sacredness and just use of the world’s water supply. Areas for concern and advocacy include providing access to clean sources of water, establishing rights for access to water, opposing water being turned into a private commodity, strengthening communities to ensure local water solutions, and supporting them in protection of the environment.
There are many other PWRDF initiatives and programs. A great deal of information may be found on the new PWRDF website (www.pwrdf.org). The website is user friendly. People may subscribe to monthly email updates on the work of the Primate’s Fund. A variety of materials, including worship resources, has been prepared by the PWRDF national office.
The Diocesan Unit and our many parish representatives plan many events throughout the year. We last met in January at St. Timothy’s in
Our Unit would welcome new participants. Anyone interested may contact me at 604 929-6143, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.