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Weʼre raising £1,000 to Help to Buy a Bus in Ghana

Middlesbrough, UK

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In January 2018, our Cathedral Dean, Monsignor Gerard Robinson took up an invitation to visit the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre at Ahotokurom in Ghana. (Ahotokurom means ‘Place of Serenity’).

The centre, near Cape Coast, was established in the early 1980s as a partnership between the DMJ sisters, the Franciscan Order and local people, to rehabilitate and reintegrate former leprosy and Buruli ulcer sufferers into their communities.The centre now provides a range of services including health care, social care and education for the disabled and disadvantaged.

During his visit, Monsignor Gerard witnessed the daily challenges faced and asked whether there was anything we could do to help. They explained that their most desperate and urgent need is for a new bus to transport children, adults and staff to and from the centre.

Their present bus is old and often breaks down as the harsh bush roads are very demanding. The bus is essential as the only means of transport for the children, adults and staff who attend the day centre. The cost of a suitable new bus would be around £70,000, although approximately £20,000 has already been raised by the ‘Friends of Ahotokurom DMJ’ UK charity. Our challenge is therefore to help to raise the £50,000 that is required to finance the purchase of a new bus.

St Mary's Cathedral and other parishes, schools and individuals in the Diocese of Middlesbrough have already raised over £15000. As the Treasurer for the Fund, I am aiming to help by taking part in the 2018 Tees Pride 10K run on Sunday 2nd September. I have run the 10K race four times before, but the last of those was six years ago, and, as I am now 63, it's been a bit of a toil to get the legs moving again !

It's safe to say that I won't be winning the race, but if you would be willing to sponsor me that will certainly help to motivate me towards the finish line. Anything you can give will be most gratefully received.

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  • Laurie Haley7 days ago
    Laurie Haley

    Laurie Haley

    7 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

    One quarter of the way to my £1000 target. I am also receiving cash donations via the Parish so things are going well. Three weeks to go ! Ran 9k again yesterday.

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  • Laurie Haley16 days ago
    Laurie Haley

    Laurie Haley

    16 days ago

    4 weeks to go to the event. I will be attempting 9K this week to step up a gear. Running for ‘the bus’ shouldn’t be this hard!

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Page last updated on: 8/20/2018 9:40 AM



  • Dr Sath Nag

    Dr Sath Nag

    Aug 20, 2018

    All the very best!


  • Anthony Haley

    Anthony Haley

    Aug 19, 2018

    Hi Laurie finally got round to donating. Good luck.


  • Janette Vipond

    Janette Vipond

    Aug 19, 2018


  • John Brown

    John Brown

    Aug 19, 2018

    Good luck Laurie


  • Barbara Hungin

    Barbara Hungin

    Aug 13, 2018

    Wishing you all the best. What a great effort.


  • Dorothy Brown

    Dorothy Brown

    Aug 12, 2018

    Good luck Laurie. See you soon, love Dot and Dennis xx


  • Colin Lunn

    Colin Lunn

    Aug 11, 2018

    Good luck Laurie,though you won’t need it


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