- Charity football match helps raise money for Wirral children's hospice
AS football fever grips the nation local companies, The AirMiles Travel
Company and Gold Medal Travel last week held a charity football
match to raise money for the Wirral's children's hospice, Claire
The teams battled it out in a nail biting match with final victory
going to Gold Medal, winning by 6 goals to 2. The game was organised
by good friends Mal Barritt from Gold Medal Travel, who are based in
Preston and Leigh Collis who is Head of Training at the AirMiles
Travel Centre in Birchwood.
Leigh said:- "It was a great opportunity for all staff to
get involved and have some fun while really making a difference to
the children at Claire House and supporting such a good cause".
House is a registered charity that relies entirely on the generosity
and help of people in the region for all of it's income and running
costs. The hospice cares for children up to 18 years old with life
threatening or life limiting conditions and provides support for
their families from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle
of Man. Gold Medal also held a non uniform day on Friday, earning £405
for the charity.
- CAFOD launches Sudan Emergency Appeal
CAFOD have launched an emergency appeal for Sudan in response to the spiraling humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region.
Supporters of the Catholic aid agency throughout the Southport area
will be holding events to raise awareness and funds for what is
currently the world's worst humanitarian disaster. Parishes are
holding a special mass and school assemblies will focus on Sudan.
Theresa Codd from CAFOD West Midlands said:- "We need
your help urgently. There's up to a million people out there facing
a life or death situation. We're working closely with our Sudanese
partners to provide food, shelter, water and sanitation. What we
need is funding to continue this work, time is running out for the
people of Darfur."
There are already signs of severe malnutrition and disease amongst
the displaced people of Darfur. The rainy season has already started
and will soon cut off huge areas.
CAFOD's emergency programme officer Alistair Dutton, who is leading
the emergency response of the Caritas International network of
Catholic agencies, is currently in Sudan. He said:- "Out
here we're working to provide shelter, food and health care. For
people to receive the help they need it's essential that security is
restored in the region as soon as possible. Back there in the
Southport area we want people to dig deep so we continue to fund
this urgent work. A small donation of £40 will buy a household kit
for a displaced person including a mosquito net, blanket, water
container and kitchen utensils."
The Darfur conflict began early last year after two local rebel
groups took up arms against the government of Sudan, claiming that
the region was being neglected by Khartoum. While there has been a
ceasefire between government and rebel forces in place since April
8, fighting has escalated.
There are now around 1.2 million people who have been displaced from
the region by the conflict and a wider campaign of looting, killing
and rape by a militia known as the Janjaweed.
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