What is the Christmas Bowl?

The Christmas Bowl is the Christmas appeal of Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a member of the global ACT Alliance.

The Christmas Bowl began in 1949, when the Rev. Frank Byatt placed an empty bowl on the table during Christmas dinner and asked his guest to contribute the cost of their meal, in order to support refugees escaping the devastation of World War II.

Today, the Christmas Bowl continues to be an ecumenical church appeal, with more than 2000 churches from 19 denominations getting involved around Australia.

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How long do I have to send in the money raised?

Please send through the monies you and your community raised for the Christmas Bowl with the remittance form enclosed in your kit filled in by Friday 12th February 2016.

I need more resources, such as posters or giving envelopes. Can I receive some extras?

If you’d like extra resources, such as giving envelopes, posters, a corflute (large plastic sign) or a flash drive with all the videos with the 8 stories for the Christmas Bowl, please call us on 1800 025 101 or email us at info@ actforpeace.org.au and we will send them to you as soon as possible.

How much of the money raised goes to the programs?

In the past financial year, Act for Peace spent 77 per cent of income on international aid and development programs. For more information on how the money is spent, visit www.actforpeace.org.au

I am organising an event for the Christmas Bowl. Should I let you know?

Yes please! We would love to hear about your event so please tell us when and where it is going to happen. We have created a new Facebook Event page where you can register your event for the Christmas Bowl: www.facebook.com/ actforpeace/events/christmasbowl
And please send through photos of your event as we’d like to share them with other churches and with the Christmas Bowl community.

Keeping it safe and legal

Keeping yourself safe and fundraising within the law are really important.
All fundraisers, participants and volunteers agree to abide by and comply with all relevant legislation, regulations and best practice guidelines (as appropriate) in each State and Territory of Australia. Any fundraising event you organise must comply with the relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation and local government regulations.

How can I contact my local Development Officer?

For any questions, please contact your local Development Officer using the contact details below:  

Jeff Wild – Victoria and Tasmania
T: (03) 9650 6811
E: jwild@actforpeace.org.au

Act for Peace - Sydney Office 
T: 1800 025 101
E: info@actforpeace.org.au



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Christmas Bowl

Give a vulnerable family two baby goats that can supplement their income by providing milk and cheese.

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Take Part as a Church

Register your church to take part in the Christmas Bowl appeal. Over 2,000 churches take part every year.

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Take Part as a

Register your school to take part in the 2016 Christmas Bowl appeal and get ready to make an even bigger difference to people in need this Christmas!

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