Summary :- Total Raised £ 3650. Much of this years fundraising efforts went to the Indian subcontinent with £1600 to Pakistan via Aid to the Church in Need towards a replacement minibus for a hospital and £900 sent to the Little way for those in need as a result of the lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic, £400 to Mary’s meals plus 165 back packs and 28 boxes of school uniforms to Malawi, £250 to the Good Counsel network in London who save the lives of unborn babies , £300 to Asia Harvest for Bibles for China and £200 to Radio Maria England another Medjugorje inspired charity committed to evangelization.
Pakistan £1600 was sent to Pakistan in response to an appeal by Fr. Armato and the Dominican Sisters who run the Rosary Christian Hospital in Okara in Pakistan’s Punjab province towards the purchase of a replacement minibus (the current one is 17 years old and in poor condition and no longer reliable) in order to continue a free service to take the poor and sick people to the hospital. The hospital serves 15 poor villages in Faisalabad diocese. This donation was sent via Aid to the church in need.
India – £900 sent via the Little way Association to the Franciscan sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in India who work with the sick and hungry – covid-19 Pandemic caused increased poverty so the sisters have stepped in to provide relief food items like rice, vegetables, etc to the marginalised and low-income segments of society comprising daily wage workers, migrant labourers, construction site workers, Gypsy Families, Leprosy Families, Sri Lankan refugees. This was carried out in and around Tamil Nadu, Andhra pradesh, and Telangana .
Radio Maria England:- £200 was sent to Radio Maria England, a fellow Medjugorje inspired charity that has just begun in England although with a strong pedigree throughout the world now. Its our priviledge to sow a small seed for its future work of evangelization, much needed in our land.
“Radio Maria England is a 24hr Catholic Radio Station set up to broadcast programmes promoting and expressing the Christian Faith. It is part of the World Family of Radio Maria, formed in 1998 Radio Maria currently has 77 radio stations across 5 continents with 500 million listeners world-wide.”
Good Counsel Network
£250 sent to help further the prolife work in London and save more babies from abortion and their mothers from a lifetime of regret.
Here is one story …
Time to listen
“One young woman came to us after going into hospital 3 times to have her baby aborted. Each time she would spend the day dreading the thought of what was before her. She would deliberately arrive 2 or 3 hours late at the hospital desperately hoping that her appointment would be cancelled. She would be prepared for the operation in a state of total panic. She would even come out in a nervous rash. Like so many other women she was totally confused and without moral support when she discovered that she was pregnant. All but one of the medical personnel that she spoke to put forward abortion as the only solution. The hospital counsellor seemed to be trying to ‘sell’ the abortion to her, portraying motherhood as a silly romanticised notion. Somehow, each time this woman found the strength to walk out at the last moment (once, literally seconds before being anaesthetised). Each time, the hospital staff ‘kindly’ booked another date for her abortion to go ahead. Finally, through the efforts of a good Christian soul, Good Counsel was put in touch with her. After having a chat with us (We spoke for 8 hours and she said “Nobody else had the time to listen”) she is delighted to be keeping her baby, which is what she was crying out to do all along! With the help of your prayers and donations we will help her through and beyond her pregnancy.”
Asia Harvest £300 sent to Asia Harvest for bibles for China—as the persecution of Christians continues its good to take the opportunity to supply as many as possible while the door remains open.
Backpack Appeal/ Mary’s Meals:- This year another 165 backpacks and 28 boxes of school uniforms were sent and £400 for their Mary’s Meals project. These contain an array of useful items for the school year like shoes, t-shirts, skirts, trousers as well as pens, exercise books, soap, toothpaste, & brushes, etc