On Tuesday evening we launched our new parish charity project, in which we will raise money to help displaced families in Syria.
The project is taking place in partnership with Aid to the Church in Need (North West), who are hoping to raise £50,000 this year to support Christian families who have been displaced by the long civil war in the country. In Aleppo, around 40% of the total population has left the city as a result of the fighting, but nearly 90% of the Christian population has been driven out, so there is an urgent need to support these families. £2000 will provide shelter, food and basic medical supplies to a family for a whole year, so we hope to be able to support several families as part of this project.
The evening began with Mass, which was offered for the people of Syria, after which there was an inspiring and very moving presentation by Dr Caroline Hull, the NW area manager for ACN. She spoke about the terrible suffering of people in Syria and about the work that ACN is doing to relieve the plight of those affected by the conflict. Andrea Sinnott, who is our parish ACN rep, gave a presentation on the things that we can do as a parish: to pray, keep ourselves and others informed of the situation, and raise money to help those in need. Through our Spanish class, the Lenten lunches and donations, we have already raised around £3000, even before fundraising officially begins! At the end of the evening, there were some delicious homemade cakes on sale, which brought in almost £100. Please remember the people of Syria in your prayers, and do what you can to help.