Bay's Wave of Hope for new future sent to Boris and world leaders

Group of people lobbying world leaders

Hope (back, l to r) Bernadette Samson, Jan Richards, Helen Barrett, Mary Fallon, Judy Lee; front l to r) Thelma Evans, Marie Hubbard, Lindsey Williams - Credit: Submitted

A 'Wave of Hope was sent from Torbay to the world's leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

A pandemic vigil was also held in the fishing port on Friday June 11 as Boris Johnson, American President Joe Biden and other leaders from around the globe gathered in Carbis Bay.

The vigil was to take a moment to reflect and remember the millions of people around the world who have died during the crisis.
Members of the local community gathered at Brixham Baptist Church for the Christian Aid – Crack the Crisis Vigil. During the vigil, there were a number of readings and reflections.

People at pandemic vigil

The vigil - Credit: Submitted

Local Christian Aid organiser Mary Fallon said: “It was really special to bring our community together for this vigil – we had representation from every church in the town! (Brixham Catholic Church, the URC, the Methodist, the Baptist, the Salvation Army and both Church of England congregations too,. We drew strength from one another."

Group of vigil supporters

Christian Aid Vigil Supporters: Lesley Roberts, Thelma Evans, Margaret McCaffrey, Jean Aird, Mary Fallon and Lindsey William - Credit: Submitted

The Wave of Hope was set up to send a message to the G7 leaders, as local Christian Aid supporters (again from every church in the town) and Galmpton Primary School, created a display of hands decorated with art and messages.

These Waves of Hope are now up in shop windows around the town centre. Other hands were sent to St Anta Church in Carbis Bay to join the Wave of Hope there.

Galmpton Primary Head Teacher Katy Burns said: "It has been wonderful to join in with the Wave of Hope together. The pupils loved being involved; they know now is the time to speak up and take action for a better future."

Katrine Musgrave, Christian Aid’s Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer for Cornwall and Devon said:  “It’s time for the Prime Minister and the world’s governments to take action to address the biggest crises of our time and work together for a just and green recovery – one that provides vaccines and healthcare for all, fights poverty and injustice, and helps end the climate and nature crises. By joining the wave Brixham has become part of a much bigger picture.”

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