Poole reverend targeted by criminals posing as policemen on mercy mission to Zimbabwe

Poole reverend targeted by criminals posing as policemen on mercy mission to Zimbabwe

Poole reverend targeted by criminals posing as policemen on mercy mission to Zimbabwe

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A POOLE reverend has been targeted by criminals posing as policemen during his latest mercy mission to Zimbabwe.

Rev Alan Clarredge, who established the Rivers of Living Water charity, was pulled over as he drove out of the capital Harare to start distributing aid to hospitals in rural parts of the African nation.

“He demanded my car, then my money,” said the 73-year-old of Rossmore Gospel Church, Poole. “As I had heard about the danger drivers were in I gave him all the money I had at the time, about forty dollars, and a copy of my book Rivers of Living Water.”

According to the UK Government unemployment remains high in Zimbabwe, driving a “moderate level of crime” including “occasional armed robberies targeting foreign visitors”.

It’s growing more frequent for criminals to pose as policemen on the roads surrounding the capital, said Mr Clarredge.

The reverend, who jetted back to the UK earlier this month following his five-week trip, had been distributing aid and repairing water purification systems among rural communities in Zimbabwe. He visited a number of orphanages and repaired purification systems at 22 health clinics.

“I took out between £14,000 - £18,000 of water equipment, medicines and food this time around,” he told the Daily Echo. “Much of this had been donated by people in Dorset – they donate so much, it is remarkable.”

Mr Clarredge, who treated Zimbabwe’s first lady – Sally Francesca Hayfron – while working as a medical technician in Zimbabwe throughout the 1980s, has been organising mercy missions to rural communities in the country for years.

He said: “Crime and unemployment are high in the country at the moment. It is much worse than I’ve seen in recent years.

“The people are poorer because there is no work for them. There is food in the main cities, but it is very expensive and people in rural areas cannot afford it.”

Mr Clarredge is hoping to raise enough funds to completely renovate the water purification system he installed 12 years ago at the main hospital in Bulawayo.

“People up to 100 miles away rely on this hospital,” he said.

To find out more on the charity, visit riversoflivingwater.co.uk

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5:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

Perhaps the Reverend should be putting his efforts into helping his fellow countrymen and women - some of whom are also in desperate need - and it's highly unlikely he would get robbed into the process .....
Perhaps the Reverend should be putting his efforts into helping his fellow countrymen and women - some of whom are also in desperate need - and it's highly unlikely he would get robbed into the process ..... we-shall-see
  • Score: -4

6:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Friend of Mugabe is he ?.
Friend of Mugabe is he ?. pete woodley
  • Score: -4

7:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Paul Weaver says...

pete woodley wrote:
Friend of Mugabe is he ?.
Please read the website mentioned in the article then you might understand what he does.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Friend of Mugabe is he ?.[/p][/quote]Please read the website mentioned in the article then you might understand what he does. Paul Weaver
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

twynham says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Perhaps the Reverend should be putting his efforts into helping his fellow countrymen and women - some of whom are also in desperate need - and it's highly unlikely he would get robbed into the process .....
Agreed, there are people in the UK who need help; but they have drinking water!
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Reverend should be putting his efforts into helping his fellow countrymen and women - some of whom are also in desperate need - and it's highly unlikely he would get robbed into the process .....[/p][/quote]Agreed, there are people in the UK who need help; but they have drinking water! twynham
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Sat 1 Mar 14

twynham says...

Love that he gave them a copy of his book.
Well done Rev.
Love that he gave them a copy of his book. Well done Rev. twynham
  • Score: 3

1:21am Sun 2 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

I wonder why a small church in Rossmore feels the urge to give money to a country with whom it has no links (besides the Reverends own) with a country that has a somewhat questionable record of human rights.

There is no wrong in that, but there are pressing needs right here in Dorset that could better use that assistance.

Could it be that the church is flattering itself with the notion that it is 'spreading the gospel' among less advantaged people? That is.....condescending
.

I dare say there are more 'Christian believers' in Zimbabwe than Poole. There surely are in Uganda. Mugabe is a staunch Catholic.

I suggest the good reverend focus his good deeds where they will do the most good: the people of Rossmore.
I wonder why a small church in Rossmore feels the urge to give money to a country with whom it has no links (besides the Reverends own) with a country that has a somewhat questionable record of human rights. There is no wrong in that, but there are pressing needs right here in Dorset that could better use that assistance. Could it be that the church is flattering itself with the notion that it is 'spreading the gospel' among less advantaged people? That is.....condescending . I dare say there are more 'Christian believers' in Zimbabwe than Poole. There surely are in Uganda. Mugabe is a staunch Catholic. I suggest the good reverend focus his good deeds where they will do the most good: the people of Rossmore. Yankee1
  • Score: 5

9:10am Sun 2 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Who paid the air fares ?.
Who paid the air fares ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

10:21am Sun 2 Mar 14

elite50 says...

I was raised (in poverty) with the firm belief in family first!
After that came King and Country (I am old)!
I have spent my whole life listening to the do-gooders who wish to make a name for themselves by ignoring the problems around them and sailing off into the sunset with the "Look at me, Look at me" attitude.
We never asked for help and thankfully made it without it.
There are others who could do with a leg up just down the road. I don't think that there is much to "revere" in the reverend.
I was raised (in poverty) with the firm belief in family first! After that came King and Country (I am old)! I have spent my whole life listening to the do-gooders who wish to make a name for themselves by ignoring the problems around them and sailing off into the sunset with the "Look at me, Look at me" attitude. We never asked for help and thankfully made it without it. There are others who could do with a leg up just down the road. I don't think that there is much to "revere" in the reverend. elite50
  • Score: 6

11:51am Sun 2 Mar 14

boyerboy says...

pete woodley wrote:
Friend of Mugabe is he ?.
Did you know if you reverse Mugabe`s name you get E BA GUM....perhaps his forefathers were from Yorkshire...just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Friend of Mugabe is he ?.[/p][/quote]Did you know if you reverse Mugabe`s name you get E BA GUM....perhaps his forefathers were from Yorkshire...just a thought. boyerboy
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

elite50 says...

boyerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Friend of Mugabe is he ?.
Did you know if you reverse Mugabe`s name you get E BA GUM....perhaps his forefathers were from Yorkshire...just a thought.
You have just won yourself a red rose!
You are a dead man if you ever go to Newcastle!
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Friend of Mugabe is he ?.[/p][/quote]Did you know if you reverse Mugabe`s name you get E BA GUM....perhaps his forefathers were from Yorkshire...just a thought.[/p][/quote]You have just won yourself a red rose! You are a dead man if you ever go to Newcastle! elite50
  • Score: 0

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