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Creative kids: Jam Club makes a difference

Morgan and Ari at the lemonade stand. Photo by Daryl Moritz

LITTLE people can do big things.

The children and youth at Ashmore Uniting Church on the Gold Coast were moved when they heard stories about the effects of poverty.

UnitingWorld and members of the congregation spoke to the children in Jam Club about Third World countries.

Children's Ministry Coordinator Sharon Moritz said that after hearing the stories the children wanted to raise money to donate to UnitingWorld to make a difference with their ongoing projects.

"Our ambitious goal was to raise $250 to buy a sewing machine for the Zambia project," she said.

"There was much excitement as the children made toys, craft and sweet treats."

Ms Moritz said that the success of the fundraiser was overwhelming, and after doubling their target goal they were able to sponsor a second UnitingWorld project.

"The children raised an amazing $541, which we used to purchase the sewing machine for a Zambian community to produce garments for sale, providing school uniforms for local children as well as income for the community.

"But we were also able to provide funds for the Fiji eye centre, which trains local staff in using basic medical equipment and carrying out basic eye care," she said.

Ms Moritz said that the Ashmore congregation gives thanks to God for empowering the children and opening up the hearts of all those who contributed and participated.

"We all learnt through God's grace a very valuable lesson –that we can all make a diff erence to someone in the world.

"Our age, our wealth and our power do not matter if we do it in love to glorify God."

For more information on UnitingWorld projects visit www.unitingworld.org.au

Photo : Morgan and Ari at the lemonade stand. Photo by Daryl Moritz