Prior to his departure to the mission in South Sudan last October Fr. John left savings
boxes in many homes over a wide area and the idea was that loose change be deposited
there and that sometime in the future there would be a night when all boxes would
be handed in and the money counted and then used for a project in South Sudan. That
night was Sunday September 8th in St. Mellans and the start was at 6pm. From then
for five hours there was a constant stream of people calling, handing in their boxes,
having a cup of tea, having a chat with neighbours, enjoying the entertainment and
wishing Fr. John well in his Mission, to which he returns within the week. With a
huge team of ‘Counters’ and some technology the coins and paper money was counted
and a running total published on a projected screen and by the close of the night
the total had reached €13,500. What a marvellous sum and few missed the money they
had dropped into the Box every so often. This, we can be very assured, will be well
spent and will bring great benefits to life for the people around the South Sudan
mission led by Fr. John. They say that the Lord always returns our charity one hundred
fold but the satisfaction of knowing that our small donation will have such a beneficial
effect on fellow humans elsewhere is sufficient to give us that ‘feel good’ factor.
We wish Fr. John good health to continue the fantastic work he is doing in South
Sudan and hopefully we can continue to support that work. Nuala Kerr, mother of the
late Ronan Kerr, presented a check of £5,047.00 from the Ronan Kerr Fund to Fr. John
and thanked all who who had helped to raise that money. See below for more news
Greetings once again from Mapuordit. I arrived here a few days ago via Ethiopia.
Found everything and everyone in good form and happy to see me back here. The rains
have been a blessing for the farmers and the crops are very good this year. However,
they have played havoc with the roads and it was quite a nightmare journey getting
back to my home base of Mapuordit but made it through the washed away roads and now
working with the students to bring in the harvest of green peas, groundnuts, maize
and sorghum(local food that resembles barley).
I was surprised to find that our cook had lost all her hair – she said that someone
had “clenched their teeth at her” meaning that they cursed her –which is very common
here. She is in the process of paying a witch doctor to have the curse removed.
Many, many thanks to all who contributed to the great night we had at the “Box In”
night in St.Mellans. The “Small Change box collection to bring about Big Change in
South Sudan” yielded a staggering 15.300 euro which is quite an incredible amount.
Thank You one and all.
Will keep you updated on how we are utilising the money and how life is progressing
here. Internet is very iffy at present due to the poor weather conditions – so may
not be able to keep you updated on a regular basis for the present. This will last
for the next month or so.