Thank you for visiting the Our Lady Immaculate Lenten Project 2017 Just Giving page. This year, over the weekend of 11 / 12 March, the Tolworth Trekkers are embarking on another epic 96 km (60 mile!!) walk to raise money for the Lenten Project.
The four charities being supported this year are ;
Syrian Refugees in Jordan, The Clergy Support Fund,
M-Care Charity South Africa, and the t Joseph’s Boys Hostel (see below for more details).
Syrian refugees in Jordan – Jordan has provided sanctuary for over 1.4 million refugees since the War began, all in need of food, housing, medical care and education. The project is run by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation and the Comboni Sisters. They run two hospitals in Amman and Karak, known as the Italian Hospitals. No costs are deducted and every penny will go directly to the Sisters to provide essential medical care to the refugees who cannot afford treatment elsewhere.
Clergy Support Fund – The number of priests in the Diocese retired from active ministry has risen
over recent years and there are expected to be 93 such priests by 2018. In the past, many of these
priests were looked after in Convents by Nuns, but with their demise the Diocese is having to draw
on central reserves to continue to support its aims to provide each of these priests with adequate
heated accommodation and some pocket money. The Campaign is one way for us to give thanks
for their ministry over many years and ensure that when they fall sick, funds are available to care for
M-Care Charity South Africa - Mpumalanga Catholic Aids Response was set up in 2005 by Fr
Gerald Gostling, mainly to care for the children and others suffering from AIDS. As the mortality rate from AIDS has now improved, due to education and medication, the Charity now takes in other vulnerable children. Everyone who works for the Charity is a Volunteer; they have no office, work from their own homes; and no overheads. Raising money locally in the
Townships is almost impossible because of the poverty which exists. Any money raised would go
towards replacing the current shacks and building them of bricks. Or, at the very least, repair and
make good some of the shacks of some child-headed families.
St Joseph’s Boys Hostel – Following the War in Sri Lanka the numbers of young people unable to
pay for their education rose substantially. The Rector of St Henry’s College set up an Association to
help make up the shortfall in the costs to the students. 25 boys have been turned away this year as
they could not afford the fees. Currently the hostel has 104 boys who cannot afford the fees. They
are seeking help to finance the meals and support their education.