Late Autumn greetings - we hope you have been well.
We are pleased to inform you that our next container appeal
is now in full swing, this time for cyclone devastated Vanuatu.
Fr. Adrian has received correspondence from Bishop Jean Bosco Beremes SM requesting items for the devastated schools, kindergartens and displaced families: desks, chairs, computers, laptops, library books, household items (crockery, cutlery etc), furniture, stationary, sporting items, tools etc. We have also obtained approval to send tinned food - these would be most welcome.
Please note that the usual collection point remains the same: West-wing doors of the Sacred Heart Monastery Kensington each Saturday morning between 10am-midday. Please do NOT bring donations outside these hours as our able team of volunteers will not be present to receive the items.
For bulky items/large collections, please contact Friends of Kensington Monastery by email email@example.com
Special thanks to the students and staff of St. Brigids Primary School Coogee for organising a Vanuatu awareness campaign and two fundraising events during Lent.
Your generosity and support thus far has touched the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters in the Pacific region - let us continue our efforts in making a difference.
Blessings in abundance,
Friends of Kensington Monastery
He writes: "Enclosed are acquittals for the period 7.11.14 to date. Thanks for your continued support."
Assistance provided for which details and receipts have been sent include:
* A woman with three small children who had power disconnected because of arrears. Now on a pre-paid meter and arrears sorted out
* A man requiring food for 5 days until the next invalid pension day.
* Repairs for a student bicycle to get to University
* A woman requiring food for her and her child following an unexpected reduction in her social security income when two children left. Will be able to manage in the future.
* A second hand refrigerator purchased for a married couple with child.
* Clothes for a lady who has been in hospital for 2 months and needed warm clothing.
* Door lock for a mans car that was damaged and not covered by insurance.
* Support for Grandparent looking after two autistic grandsons aged 22 and 13. The father of the boys is in Gaol until August and the lady requires ongoing assistance until then.
Fr Tony Young writes:
We will be sending funds to assist recovery in Papua New Guinea at Nimowa, Milne Bay.A new article at the time can be found here http://www.onepng.com/2014/04/cyclone-hits-milne-bay.html
I am in Moresby and catching up with mail.
Our VSat at Nimowa was trashed by cyclone Ita.
Thank you for the copy of the newsletter and the offer of assistance. You will be aware by now that John Mulrooney, when he was visiting us recently, suggested that you could help with restoring our main power at Nimowa By funding a new genset. I want to thank you for agreeing.
At present only the hospital and Academy are receiving power from a small portable genset.
I will send you photos and an accounting after we take delivery and get it to Nimowa.
Pray for us. Regards.
for the support you have sent to us. Your help are greatly appreciated. To all our generous friends who also share their blessings to the needy, thank so much for your generosity and kindness.
We also thank all the people who help us bring all the housing materials in Pilar, Camotes. To the Naval Forces Central (NAFORCEN) and the Navy Ship BRP Tausog (AT295), for giving your time, effort and resources in bringing our materials to its destination. To all the parishioners of Pilar who helped and worked together to unload the materials and bring them to the parish. And to all individuals who become part of the relief operation, thank you so much and God bless you all!
"Thank you for your kind consideration to offer help to those who suffer in Ha'apai groups due to damages caused by Cyclone Ian on the 11th January 2014.
Your help will be very much appreciated that. One of my aunties, a widow live there with her children and grandchildren. I managed to talk to them by phone yesterday and it is so obvious that the damages done by the cyclone is felt by everyone in those islands. Their house was partly damaged by the cyclone and more than 70% of the family houses and public building in the islands were destroyed. Water system, food and shelter is their main needy now with lots of tents up to one thousand need to be distributed and installed to families to use for the time being.
I volunteer to go down if the donors are willing to help and to make sure that the donation is wisely distributed to those who are most in need of our help at this time.
Once again thank you and God bless.
Lopeti Manu msc"
Greetings of Hope!
The MSC Philippine Province is in grief about what happen to our fellow Filipinos who are affected by the recent typhoon who struck some parts of Visayas Region. We are planning to give some aids and assistance to the victims of this calamity. As you heard from the news, many lives were taken because of the natural disaster and families are mourning because of their losts. Moreover, many families now particularly in Tacloban City are starving and hungry to death. And they desperately need help and assistance in order for them to live, or better to survive.
In this regard, the Mission Office Philippines together with the Board Members would like to appeal for assistance from your good office. We are contacting the bishop of the Diocese of Palo, Bp. John Du, and try to keep in touch with him. The MSC Manila District is planning (as of this moment in their meeting) about how can we extend our help to the people in need of our assistance. We are very much grateful for the help you will extend to our brothers and sisters here in the Philippines. Thank you so much and please continue pray for our country. God bless you all!
We are looking to give $50,000 initially and then whatever additional comes in. Can you help? Please mark your donation for "Philippines Relief" - Donate
****UPDATE 15/11/13 ***
"We have already collected over S63,000.00 for relief work and his money will be sent to our MSC Mission Office ¡n Manila.
We have insisted that the money will be distributed by our MSC Brethren, and not simply handed out to another organisation.
Our Indonesian confreres after the Tsunami in 2004 and an earthquake in 2010 themselves went and spent 2 weeks living with the people and helped construct toilets and supply water works. And within weeks I went to both projects and spent a few days with the people. I am asking if some members of our Province in the Philippines could follow their example.
Perhaps you, gentle reader, have some benefactors who may wish to assist.
Adrian F. Meaney MSC"
I am not sure if I can put into words our appreciation for the books in the first container.
When I first saw the books, I never dreamt, I could distribute so many new, up to date syllabus books, primary, secondary, educational and novel books.
I can tell you it was a joy to distribute them to the Teaching Training College (to the outer islands), preschools, primary, secondary schools and the USB. The books were of the highest standard and packed to perfection, and arrived in similar fashion.
The value of your contribution to the education in Kiribati cannot be measured for which we thank the MSC team in Sydney.
While I make special mention regarding the books, I cannot omit our heartfelt thanks for the many other wonderful items sent. Quotation from Fr Baretoka Tab North Parish, “We could never afford the many wonderful gifts given to my parish from the first container."
Please extend my sincere thanks to your many donors who contributed so generously”.
The second and third containers have arrived.
With our sincere blessings
August greetings! We hope you're well and enjoying the lovely weather.
Some good news to begin with: the fourth container, filled with an assortment of items including desks and chairs to fill four classrooms, was picked up on Monday and is now on its way to Kiribati.
So our container appeal has come to a temporary close. This little project began around Ash Wednesday and in a short space of time we have managed to send four containers to our brothers and sisters in the Pacific. A wonderful effort by the Mission Office, all the donors including the schools and surrounding Parishes AND the commitment and effort of the fabulous members of FKM. Congratulations to all!
Enjoy the rest of your week and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
***UPDATE 16 JULY 2013***
A great big 'thank you' to those who attended on Saturday to complete the job from last week. The container was filled comfortably and loaded onto a truck - on it's way to a new school providing education and hope for the children of Nauru.
We have also received our next container, and as you can see from the attached photo it is two-thirds filled already thanks to OLSH Primary School. All we need to do next week is to better stack the contents to make more space. We should be able to fill it quite comfortably but we do need more donations to make this happen - please continue to spread the word.
So we are now up to container #4 (3 to Kiribati, 1 to Nauru) - a phenomenal effort by a small group of committed people from our surrounding parishes. But let us be mindful that we are very much part of a larger 'collective'. This project would not be possible without the donations from the various schools and multitude of parishioners, and the funds provided by the Mission Office to ship the container. A wonderful team effort.
Thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you next Saturday.
Blessings in abundance,
Following the two containers that have been send to Kiribati with many excellent donated items, a container is now being prepared for shipping to Nauru. In particular, this shipment will have much needed new furniture and equipment to upgrade the facilities in the school, where we have already committed a separate project for new building and upgrade works.
Below is a letter from the Friends of Kensington Monastery volunteers who have been doing a marvellous job packing and cataloging the containers.
Thank you for the great turn out last week.
We managed to almost fill an entire container in a day - a phenomenal effort!
The container is filled with items to set up a school - not only for the students but for the teachers as well. We even included executive desks for the bosses!
No doubting the exceptional team work and commitment of FKM.
The latest is that the freight forwarder will come and collect the Nauru container at midday this Saturday - more than enough time for us to fill the remaining space.
The truck will not only pick up the container but will drop off another at the same time. A removalist has been organised to bring desks and chairs donated by OLSH Primary School (thank you Natius & Bernadette) later in the afternoon (approx. 3pm). They will unload the desks and chairs straight into the container so all we have to do the following week is stack them up nicely. Easy!
So if you have time, please come along at the usual time of 10am.
Some of the items required and sent
- white boards
- library books (targeting children and teenagers, not so much novels)
- pencils, coloured pencils, pens, textas, note pads, (any general stationary)
- Computers (working condition - laptops welcome)
- Games (board games, teaching aides, education material)
- Chairs and stools
- religious/theological books
- religious icons
- sporting equipment (balls, boots etc - popular sports: soccer and volley ball)
- school & sport uniforms (new)
- clothing (new)
- nappies (new)
- fabric (new)
- clothing (new)
- musical instruments (any)
- chairs (ideally plastic and stackable)
- folding tables
- motor bikes (yes, we are serious!)
- lawn mowers
- beds/mattresses (preferably new, especially for mattress; inflatable mattresses)
- sewing machines
- fishing nets
- tea pots (large)
- mosquito nets
- towels and sheets (new)
- urns/thermos flasks
- wheel barrows/hand carts
- fencing wire
- rubbish bins
- cabinets; filing, storage
- cutlery (any)
- crockery (any)
- beds for priests (preferably new)
- carpentry tools
- paper binding machine
- paper guillotine
- microwave ovens (clean and in working order)
- wheel chairs
- walking frames
- commode chairs