Andy Lie the Synod’s Ecumenical Officer turns 60 on Sunday, 27 August 2017 and has set himself the challenge of completing 600 miles mostly through running and possibly with some long walks. Andy hopes to be able to raise at least £6,000 for the following five charities with their respective shares shown in brackets:
- Action Foundation (40%), a Newcastle-based charity, with their important work on refugees and asylum seekers, including the destitute among the latter.
- British Heart Foundation (15%), remembering especially Ray Masters who was an inspiring father-in-law to Andy and Mabel’s daughter Ruth.
- Bowel Cancer (15%); inspired especially by the life and courage of Alastair MacNaughton, a good friend of Andy and an Anglican priest who has been living with this disease for many years and also in memory of a Singaporean friend, Chua How Chuang who died a few years ago.
- Guide Dogs (15%) giving thanks for always having had good eyesight
- Medical Aid for Palestinians (15%) for their splendid work in the Middle East and remembering his new-found Palestinian friends who are still experiencing the harsh reality of life under Israeli military occupation. MAP was founded by an intrepid Singaporean orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ang Swee Chai, who has worked for many years in parts of the Middle East.
Andy would appreciate your support and would like to thank you in advance for any donations made. He will endeavour to keep us posted (hopefully quarterly) on the progress of his 600 mile challenge.
Happy 60th birthday Andy!