Presentation on theme: "On Monday 18 th January Harrytown Catholic High School launched it’s fundraising appeal in support of the victims of the Haiti earthquake. “Act as if what."— Presentation transcript:
On Monday 18 th January Harrytown Catholic High School launched it’s fundraising appeal in support of the victims of the Haiti earthquake. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ” William James
The appeal was initiated by a member of staff who, having visited Haiti several years ago, perhaps understood more about the impact this disaster would have on a country that is already one of the poorest in the Western world. “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” Jesus
He prepared a slide show that was shown in all year group assemblies and addressed the pupils explaining why, as Catholics, we have a responsibility to respond to the needs of the people who are suffering as a result of the devastation in Haiti. “Your neighbour is the person who needs you.” Elbert Hubbard
Pupils and staff reacted compassionately and quickly, expressing their deep concern for the people of Haiti through their prayers and practical action. “A person’s true wealth is the good he does in the world.” Kahlil Gibran
A team of year 9 collectors have ‘tirelessly and doggedly’ shaken and rattled buckets around school to encourage people to give first thing in the morning, at breaktime and in the canteen at lunchtime. “This is charity; to do all, all that we can.” John Donne
A member of staff has worn a collecting box around his neck for the past two weeks. He said the giving has been spontaneous whether in class or if he has just met people in the corridors. “There is more happiness in giving than receiving.” Acts 20:35
Some pupils have brought bags of loose change into school to add to the collections. Others have brought larger donations, sent in by parents on behalf of the whole family. “The greatest thing a person can do for the Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.” Henry Drummond
Others have checked their pockets, taken what they need for bus fares and given the rest to the relief effort. There is a real sense that we have more than we need! “Do for others what you want them to do for you.” Matthew 7:12
Form tutors have been encouraging pupils in their forms to fill jars with loose change. These year nines collected over £130…… …..and these year elevens raised £79.
EVERY PENNY COUNTS Many rich people dropped in a lot of money; then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little coins, worth about a penny. Jesus called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this widow put more in the offering box than all the others… …..she gave all she had to live on.” The Widow’s Offering Mark 12:41-44 Thanks for all the pennies that were given anonymously.
The appeal ran for three weeks and a total of £635.10 was raised! “I was thirsty and you gave me a drink…..” Matthew 25:35
The money we have collected at Harrytown Catholic High School will be sent to CAFOD’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal. CAFOD has been working in Haiti for almost 40 years To see how this money is being used by CAFOD to support the relief effort go to CAFOD’s website: http://www.cafod.org.uk/haitiearthquake
Lord of all Creation, give comfort and healing to all people affected by natural disasters. We remember especially the people of Haiti. We mourn those who have died. May they rest in peace. We pray for those left behind as they rebuild their lives. May they experience your loving care in every person who helps them. We pray for CAFOD’s partners and for all who are working to save lives and to support the survivors. Thank you for your many blessings. Make us generous to share them with our sisters and brothers. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.
“When you are kind to others it not only changes you it changes the world.” Harold Kushner