Christian Aid supporters with wheelbarrow

WATCH: Christian Aid supporters walk wheelbarrow of water across Manchester

A group of Christian Aid supporters walked a wheelbarrow filled with water from Manchester city centre all the way to Fallowfield, in solidarity with people in the Global South.

Poverty and a lack of access to water are problems being made ever worse by the climate crisis, and the Covid-19 pandemic is also worsening global inequalities.

Christian Aid Week, which runs from 10 to 16 May this year, is focusing on the effect of the climate crisis and the extreme lengths some people have to go to for water.

Stephen Pennells, who organised the Manchester event, said: “The idea came to me because back in the mid 80s I lived in Zululand, which is northern Natal in South Africa.

“[My neighbours] would go down to the reservoir and collect their water there. People who had enough money would have a wheelbarrow.”

MM attended the start of the walk and interviewed Mr Pennells about the project, and you can watch the film below.

The group were not collecting donations during their walk, but donations can be made directly to the Christian Aid website.

Find out more about Christian Aid Week at

Main image: Christian Aid supporters in central Manchester ahead of their walk to Fallowfield. Photo by Paul Kilbey

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