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Appeal ends at the Eisteddfod

Very successful Bag Appeal reaches £24,000!

Monday afternoon, 4th August, in the Societies Tent on the Eisteddfod field in Llanelli saw the culmination of the BAG appeal by Merched y Wawr, the Welsh-language women's organisation, to raise funds for Christian Aid's women's projects in Ethiopia.

Following contributions by Gill Griffiths, the out-going President of MYW and Branwen Nicolas and Cathrin Daniel from Christian Aid in Wales, a cheque for £24,000 was handed over to Christian Aid. 

Tegwen Morris, the National Director of MYW, also gave a brief presentation telling the story of the Appeal. Both she and Gill Griffiths were presented with a bag each as a memento of the appeal.

Gill Griffiths with community members in Ethiopia

During the past 18 months, Merched y Wawr members, their families and friends have been donating bags of all shapes and sizes towards the appeal. Many were sold on the Christian Aid’s stand at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Denbighshire during August 2013, and susbequently in pop-up shops and various events around Wales. 

A Celebrity Bag Auction held at the beginning of March 2014 helped to further boost the funds.

The remaining bags were again on sale at The Urdd Eisteddfod in May and Royal Welsh Show in July. 

The appeal was the brainchild of Merched y Wawr president, Gill Griffiths, and she spent time in Ethiopia seeing the work being done by Christian Aid local partners. The visit made a great impression on her.‘

  • Before going to Ethiopia, I hadn’t considered how important it is to be a part of a group like Merched y Wawr.'

Gill Griffiths 'Here we have a chance to chat and discuss problems that arise in our lives and the lives of our families and friends, and then to help each other and the wider community.

'In Ethiopia, girls work between 16 and 18 hours a day, so they don’t have a chance to come together to talk about the injustices in their lives. 

'One way that Christian Aid is helping is through supporting local organisations to set up self-help groups.

'These offer an opportunity for girls to come together - not only to discuss their problems, but to see how they might improve their lives if they work together and agree to change things.

'To become a member of a self-help group, they pay a small amount of money regularly to the group. This money is then available for members to borrow when they need it. 

'Some in the group will borrow money to buy goats, so that their children have milk to drink. Others will borrow money to set up a small business.

'You can see that the money raised by selling and recycling each bag that comes to us will be very valuable to Christian Aid’s work in supporting women and girls in one of the world’s poorest countries.'

Watch the film of Gill's visit


Cathrin Daniel said, 'This is fantastic news, and much more than we had expected! Huge congratulations and thanks to EVERYONE who contributed to the success of the appeal, and especially to Merched y Wawr. Brilliant!'

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