A huge amount of thanks has been expressed for all those throughout the diocese who have contributed in some way towards the Refugee Resettlement programme.
The Parish of Whanganui set up a rope in the foyer of one of their churches with household item “tickets” attached to them. Parishioners took whichever tickets they felt they could contribute, and returned with the items written on the tickets. Students from Marsden Whitby and Nga Tawa schools fundraised for the refugee resettlement fund, and people from Wellington Anglican and Catholic parishes worked in the Loaves and Fishes Hall at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul to sort donated items into household lots, checking that items were appropriate (for example, children from war-torn countries do not like seeing toy guns).
The commitment from our diocese has been phenomenal. One lady has taken to sewing custom-made hot water bottle covers, and Refugee Resettlement Co-ordinator Patricia Cooper estimates that she has sewn nearly 250 over the last few years! The next intake is in August, followed by October – and these intakes are already booked out for volunteer teams. December is filling up fast and there is already a team booked for the first intake next year. Thank you everyone to your support, in whatever way you have been able. In the recent intake, the Red Cross volunteer accompanied a mother and daughter to their new home, furnished by one of our parishes, and the mother walked into the house, and upon sight of the home full of furniture and household goods, burst into tears of joy. Your work is truly making a difference!