Events are being organised to raise funds for communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, In response to the urgent appeal by CAFOD, which is channelling support through local churches in the staunchly-Catholic country.
Earlier this week, Bishop John Rawsthorne called upon parishes to organise special collections on Sunday 17th and other initiatives are launched across the diocese. Students from St Bernard’s RC School, Rotherham are holding a ‘wear your Christmas Jumper to school’ event and Father Bill Burgin from St Josephs, Retford has asked parishioners to make a donation in lieu of his Christmas Gift.
While many international aid convoys are being held up in the Philippines because of logistical and security problems, local churches in the country are succeeding in reaching those communities in the most urgent need.
Father Anton Pascual, one of CAFOD’s church partners in the Philippines, said:
“We are reaching families across the region with food, water, tents and household items such as pots and pans. 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.”
Please support the appeal and donate at www.cafod.org/typhoon
CAFOD has worked in the Philippines since 1969. We have recently responded to several emergencies in the country, including Tropical Storm Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha in 2012 and the earthquake that hit Bohol island last month.