Schools and parishes throughout the diocese have responded with prayers, holding fundraising events and collections for CAFOD’s Emergency Appeal for communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
A number of parishes organised second collections at short notice and others are holding collections over the next two weeks.
Rev Canon Paul Cummins, the parish priest for the Catholic church in Sidmouth said during weekend Masses: “If you haven’t got enough cash with you today – don’t put your money in the parish collection, give it to CAFOD; people in the Philippines need it more”. Parishioners donated over £900 in Sidmouth and there will be a follow up collection this weekend for those who simply didn’t have any money with them.
News is also coming in from the diocesan schools: St Nicholas in Exeter organised a bake sale and children at Holy Cross in Plymouth wore their own clothes to school on 15th November – sharing the proceeds between CAFOD and Children in Need; with CAFOD receiving a staggering £681.
CAFOD is also a member of The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) whose appeal raised over £23 million in the first 48 hours.
Father Anton Pascual, who is leading a Caritas Philippines team said “Transport and communications are our worst problems, but we are working to overcome these issues day by day. There have been reports of looting of aid on some roads making it difficult to reach the most remote villages, but we wear our priest collars and we are able to go through. People deeply respect the Church”.
Our partners also report that:
- Nearly 50 relief packs with clothes and medicines were delivered to a local hospital in Cebu on Tuesday
- A truck with relief supplies was sent to Bogo City in the devastated north of Cebu
- Ten trucks with 18,000 food packs are heading for Ormoc in Leyte
- CAFOD partner Catholic Relief Services delivered 5.000 tarpaulins to Cebu yesterday. 27,000 more tarpaulins are on their way.
Please give as generously as you can:
What your money can buy:
- £15 will buy a family hygiene kit containing soap, towels, dental products, feminine hygiene products and water purification tablets
- £3 will buy a family water kit containing jerry cans and pails.
- £37 will buy a communal latrine and an additional £15 (£15.13) will pay for the labour to construct this latrine. Total cost: £52
- £360 will buy a water tank for a community [these are all water and sanitation]