Zambian AIDS orphans benefit from local funds

Funds raised by apostolic work groups in Athleague and Fuerty have help countless families across the world in 2007 and that looks set to be continued next year. Every cent raised goest directly to the needy – there are no administration costs. Members of the Apostolic Workers Groups in both Athleague and Fuerty this week thanked all who supported them during 2007 and outlined where the funds raised go. One person who was supported in her work by the two groups was Sr. Nora Sommers who works in Zambia. She runs projects for children who have been affected by AIDS. Her work includes practical support with orphans and this year she has started delivering the ‘Rainbows’ programme so that she can provide emotional support to children following the loss of parents and siblings through AIDS. Fr. Stan Brennan received money for his work in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he runs a care centre providing health care and vocational training, to teach young people a trade to enable them to become self-sufficient.  Sr. Ann Finnerty received money for her work in Zambia where she works with people affected by AIDS, providing practical, medical and emotional support to families. Sr. Eileen Pender received money for her work in Peru with street children and those affected by AIDS. Fr. Pat Brennan received money for his work in Brazil with the people who are amongst the poorest of the poor. Sr. Mary Killeen was grateful to receive prayer books and rosary beads for the people in small Christian communities in the Mukuru slums in Nairobi, Kenya.  Others to receive money include Sr. Barbara Dooley in Kenya, Fr. Pat O’Toole who works in the Mukuru slums in Nairobi.  The Apostolic workers have also been asked to provide sacred vessels and vestments to parishes and priests in Africa and South America. If anybody is interested in sponsoring either vessels or vestments, maybe in memory of a family member, they could contact a member of the group. Athleague will be holding a draw in Waldron’s on Saturday night, 1st December and tickets are on sale through local shops. Fuerty will hold their sale of work, cake sale and raffle on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd December in St. Ciaran’s community centre.