OTHER CHARITIES

Other charities we have supported recently are:

CHRISTIAN AID

The Christian Aid door-to-door collection takes place annually in May, and volunteers from our Parish collect approximately £2,000.

Not all Christian Aid money is spent abroad; a proportion is allocated to projects in the UK and Ireland.  Christian Aid does not support any political party. Its aims and actions are rooted in its understanding of the Gospel.

CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE, CAMEROON

Our annual Lenten Soup Lunch hosted by the children of our Church community in the Hall, has helped sponsor many children through their education at Christ the King College.  Our children helping children in need.   The school in Tiko, is cared for by the missionary Sisters of St Therese of the Child Jesus.

Sr Mary Kombe, former Head Teacher writes, "I cannot thank you enough for all the good work you are doing for God's people here in the Diocese of Buea through Christ the King College, Tiko.  Rest assured of our prayers for you all our benefactors." 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

A universal pastoral charity of the Catholic Church, with over 5,000 projects in Eastern Europe and throughout the world, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded on Christmas Day 1947 to help those suffering or persecuted for their Faith.

'MISSIO'

Missio is the new name for the Pontifical Mission Societies in England and Wales.  The Pope has specifically asked 'Missio' to support the younger churches of the world until they are able to be self-sufficient.  'Missio' has four branches, each with its own unique focus.

One of these is the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF), which works in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionary Society to assist the Catholic Church's mission dioceses and territories.  Many parishioners put their loose change into the famous Red Collection Boxes and so give their support to the missions in a quiet but valuable way.

CANCER RESEARCH

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT AIR AMBULANCE

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Charity was launched in October 2005.  On 1st July 2007, the Air Ambulance became operational and is now flying several missions every day.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Charity provides a vital service to the two counties yet relies entirely on voluntary donations.  Due to increasing fuel and administration costs, it needs to raise more than £85,000 every month to succeed: that's almost £3,000 every day.

None of us knows when we may need its help.  Airborne within three minutes of a 999 call, the Air Ambulance can reach most of its operational area within fifteen minutes.  It needs an area only half the size of a tennis court to be able to land.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL (FOR SPUC)

SPUC represents a voice for the unborn and we suppor the 'White Flower Appeal' in January.  The Charity's aims are four-fold:

  1. To affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception, and to defend and protect human life generally.
  2. To reassert the principle laid down in the United Nations 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child that the child "needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth."
  3. To defend, assist and promote the life and welfare of mothers during pregnancy and of their children from the time of conception up to, during and after birth.
  4. To examine existing or proposed laws, legislation or regulations relating to abortion and to support or oppose such as appropriate.

HOMESTART (TOYS & HAMPERS)

This is a voluntary organisation in which the volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes.  We support HomeStart on the First Sunday of Advent presenting the children's gifts and Hampers to a Home Start Representative at the 10.15am Sunday Mass.  Thank you for all your support and the generosity you have shown in buying that extra gift for a needy child.

HCPT - LOURDES PILGRIMAGE TRUST (EASTER)

The Pilgrimage Trust is a charity that organises a 6,000 strong pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes in France at Easter for children of all ages and abilities.  It was founded in 1956 when a young doctor, Michael Strode, took four children with disabilities to Lourdes.  From the outset he insisted that they should be treated just like other pilgrims, and should be accommodated in hotels rather than hospitals.  Fifty years on HCPT now takes around 2,000 children with disabilities, or social and emotional needs.  All HCPT passengers travel in Groups, led by an appointed Group Leader.  It costs approximately £720 per child, and each Group has to raise this plus their own fares. 

Our Diocesan Youth Group is #201 and is led by parishioner Carla Hartnell, and Chaplain Fr John.  A number of our young parishioners go as helpers and assisted pilgrims.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES (AUGUST) - Catholic Association Pilgrimage Trust