The refugee settlement that the Parish supports in Bosnia Herzegovina was once again the centre of a fund raising activity.
For the last three years St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School has won the Preston Soroptimists’ Guild Shield for their involvement in projects in the community and the environment. In 2008 and 2009 the school liaised with a school in the Gambia. Through various fundraising activities and collections we were able to donate a range of football kits to children and young adults. These young people in the Gambia greatly benefited from the support of the parents, children and staff of St. Clare’s. The willingness and desire to help others continued in 2010 as the School became involved in the Hodovo Project.
Almost the worst night you could imagine for a Firework display and party; heavy rain and strong winds but did it stop parishioners and friends in their droves from attending? It did not!
Our latest parish contact with the Hodovo School in Bosnia was in September. Fr Loughran was welcomed to the school by the Headteacher. On display was some of the PE equipment bought with fund supplied by our parish & school. Equipment is not easy to source out there and some of the items they ordered are still awaited.
On the Thursday of Easter, and still during the Easter School holidays, Fr Loughran, Mr Purcell, St. Clare's Headteacher and two parishioners: Mrs Cywinski & Mrs Foster went on a fact-find visit to a Refugee (now called Internally Displaced Persons) Settlement in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) at Hodovo.