Obstacles overcome for a great day in the sun
The Town Mayor opened the event, which was attended by a diverse mix of people. The expected 400 visitors was actually more like 700. Sunshine Rally 2011 created a buzz and got people talking. Innovo Theatre Group performed stunning mime, which visibly moved the participants at times. 'Pastors on the Ground' were available for any wanting a listening ear. But it wasn't all plain sailing...

Sunshine Rally 2011 had some obstacles to overcome. Due to a reduction in funding, there was a hole in the finances of over £1000. The organizers believed that Yahweh would sort it out, so carried on with the preparations. Days before the event a local person felt Yahweh wanted them to give a donation of £500 towards it! This provision was a blessing to Community Unity Projects and a great testimony to people in the local community. After the Rally, it was found that enough money was taken on the day to cover the outgoings and have a little spare towards the 2012 event - and this despite the fact that no entrance fee is charged and activities are free.

Another obstacle was staffing, as many helpers had to drop out. But these were replaced by others who volunteered. Congregation members came from Aylesbury, Hitchin, London, Chelmsford, Nottingham and Stourbridge to lend a hand and be a part of the fun. People from the other local projects run by CUP also helped out and some took the burden of all aspects of the tuck shop and BBQ.

There was a concern over the lack of adult musicians, as music is a vital part of the Rally. Again there was an answer in the shape of the young people. Unite Youth Band stepped up to the plate along with two teenage girls from Nottingham and a young guitarist from Hitchin (plus a couple of adults who did chip in from time to time). A few homeless young people turned up at the event and one of these entertained the Rally with thirty minutes of music unplugged.

To get a flavour of all that happened, click here for the slideshow...
Photographs by Maria Bond©

04/24/2012 10:24

Great info, thx


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