Moved by the Bishop of Brandon, seconded by the Suffragan Bishop of Toronto,
Whereas the Primate's World Relief Fund was established in 1959 to provide the Anglican Church of Canada with "opportunity to contribute to the solution of the problems of many refugees, and to relieve the distress of others (through programs of repatriation, integration and immigration, together with other supportive services), without regard to race, colour or creed, and
Whereas, despite a vast increase in these categories of world need and a steady annual increase in Canada's national income, the givings to the Primate's World Relief Fund have failed to increase but still remain at a very low annual per capita level,
This General Synod
1. Recommends the continuation of the Primate's World Relief Fund.
2. Requests the Primate to appoint a committee to be responsible for the policy and operation of the Fund, and
3. States its determination to double the present annual givings to the Primate's World Relief Fund and Directs that active steps be taken by the Fund to achieve this objective.
During discussion on the motion, the Youth Observers presented the following statement:
"Your Grace and Members of the General Synod,
The Youth Observers would like to suggest that General Synod request the Committee on the Primate's World Relief Fund to direct a specific challenge toward youth.
In today's materialistic society, youth have become very adept at raising money as such organizations as Oxfam and Share Canada (C.I.D.P.) can testify. (The Ottawa Oxfam Walk raised eighty-five thousand dollars and the Winnipeg project raised over one hundred thousand dollars.)
Generally, youth today are wary about giving to church funds because they fear the money will be used to pad the kneelers in the church.
We feel that if a specific challenge was made to youth through the Primate's World Relief Fund advertising with reference to situations of human need many Anglican young people might help the Fund achieve its goal of doubling donations. They would realize that administrative costs in this fund would be relatively low and therefore, they would be more willing to donate to the Fund.
With regard to advertising we would like to suggest that the Fund consult the young people as to the best method. We might add that few people (young) read the Canadian Churchman."
That the following be added as Section 4:
"4. Welcomes the Statement of the Youth Delegation concerning the ability and willingness of the youth of the Church to raise funds for situations of human need; and
Directs the Committee of the Primate's World Relief Fund to supply information, whenever possible, to youth groups in parishes and to Diocesan Councils of Youth (through the appropriate youth agency at Church House, wherever advisable) about situations of human need and the purpose of the Fund to respond as fully as possible, challenging youth to assist the fund in this endeavour." CARRIED in both Houses.
The statement of Receipts and Disbursements of the Primate's World Relief Fund for the Year ended December 31, 1967 (with comparative figures for 1966, 1965 and 1964 Appeals) was presented, showing a balance of $82,136.06.
That the statement of Receipts and Disbursements for the year ended December 31, 1967, with comparative figures for 1966, 1965 and 1964 Appeals, be received. CARRIED