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Well done! We raised 5,000 Euros for Medical Charities
As part of our ‘care in the community’ activities, we have raised more than 5,000 euros for local and overseas medical charities.
Since the beginning of the year church members have participated in home-based ‘charity pot’ collections of their small denomination coins, a project organised by Sue Mellor and Lou Scott of St Stephen’s Church, Tala, achieving a total of more than 3,000 Euros.
Cheques for 1,524 Euros were presented to each of the local beneficiary charities, Friends’ Hospice and Cancer Patients Support Group at the end of June.’ Jan Handley, Cancer Patients Support President said ‘During the last 25 years, we have been fortunate to receive continued financial support from the Anglican Church’. Chris Jones, Chairman of the Friends’ Hospice commented ‘Support from the Anglican Church is very important to Friends’ Hospice, through prayers and material support, in helping us to continue our work in the community’.
Further collections made at church services over the Easter period resulted in 2,168 Euros being raised for the Ras Morbat Eye Clinic in the Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Clinic was established within the compound of the old Victorian Anglican Christ Church in Aden in 1996 to provide primary health care for mothers and babies.
From the very beginning the partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and the Ministry of Health in Aden has been a good example of compassion and care for people in need without regard to religious or tribal identities. ( Clinic website: www.rasmorbatclinic.org)
‘Very great thanks to you and the people of ACP for this splendid and most welcome offering’ said Bishop Michael
Our parish priest, the Reverend Andrew Burtt said: ‘‘This is a wonderful total and represents lots of small donations from many parishioners. Not only does it support two highly valued local charities but it will also support the long established Ras Morbat eye clinic which works to improve the sight and vision of very needy people caught up in the violence and war in their country. These three charities and their work of relieving illness and pain, lie at the heart of the Christian message of providing hope, and healing and extending love and compassion to all.”
Photograph shows from left to right - Sue Mellor; Chris Jones Chairman, Friends' Hospice; Rev. Andrew Burtt; Jan Handley; President, CPSG; Lou Scott.
As you will know a disastrous wildfire raged through parts of Tala on Saturday. Considerable damage was caused to four houses and three were completely destroyed. Several of our parishioners who live in the area were affected but thankfully their property was largely undamaged.
Tala is within our parish and although it is difficult for us as a community to quickly rally to provide support, I thought that the article in today’s edition of the Cyprus Mail could usefully be brought to your attention. Not only does it outline some of the frightening damage caused by the fire and the devastation on individuals and families, it also helpfully highlights a giving page where you can make a donation to assist those who have been severely affected. The article can be accessed here or by clicking on:
The giving page that has been set up is listed at the bottom of the article or you can click on it here.
It may be the case that some of you have already donated but here is a practical way to provide support and I thought it useful to draw it to everyone’s attention. Those who have been affected may not be parishioners, but they are on our ‘patch’ and our thoughts and prayers, and generosity are extended to all of them.
The Reverend Andrew Burtt
Parish Priest – The Anglican Church of Paphos
Telephone: (+357) 26953373 0r (+357) 99618630
Parish Website: https://paphosanglicanchurch.org/
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