The Bishop’s Fete in aid of the Salisbury Sudan Medical Link is back and so are the camels. The fete will be held in the beautiful Bishop’s Garden at the South Canonry, 71 The Cathedral Close, on Sunday September 5th between 2pm and 5pm.
The money raised adds to contributions given by people across the diocese of Salisbury to the Medical Link. The money is badly needed. Most of the medications supplied directly combat malaria which is the major cause of the extremely high child mortality rate.
As a new country, South Sudan is struggling to emerge from decades of civil wars which have severely damaged the country’s infrastructure. Few Sudanese have had more than the most basic education so the Medical Link trains health workers and particularly midwives to address the distressing level of maternal mortality which often leaves a trail of motherless infants in its wake.
In such a huge country travel is difficult with no bus services between villages, to get medical help. People walk for half a day or get put on the back of a bike to go to the nearest clinics which are supported by the Anglican Church.
So the fete helps to save lives but as well as this it provides a great afternoon out in beautiful surroundings. There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, books and DVDs, plants, homemade cakes, preserves, teas to the accompaniment of the Navy Larks Choir and the Amesbury Town band, tombola, games and a raffle. And, of course, the splendid camels!