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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Oscott students raise £10,000 for good causes
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¬†On Pentecost Sunday, representatives from four charities attended a presentation in St Mary's College, New Oscott, to receive cheques adding up to more than £8,500. In total the students raised over £10,000 during this academic year. CAFOD, Aid to the Church in Need, the Fireside Centre (Birmingham) and the Missionaries in Africa all shared this substantial sum, which was the result of a year's hard work by Oscott Action for Justice and Peace. The cash was raised through various events, most notably a parachute jump by John-Paul Lyttle, a student for Portsmouth Diocese, who raised nearly £9,000. At the start of the current academic year, many students agreed that the outreach work of the student body should be more proactive; the two existing charitable bodies, the Justice and Peace Group, and Oscott Christian Action, were amalgamated and renamed Oscott Action for Justice and Peace. The coordinator, John-Paul Lyttle has been a driving force behind this year's outstanding success and said he hopes the college will beat this figure in the coming year. Mrs Maureen Matthews, from the National Justice and Peace Network, received the cheque on behalf of the Fireside Centre, Birmingham. Mrs Mai Williams and volunteer worker Mr Chris Williams from CAFOD who received a cheque for £2,126.73 said: "Just 67 pence would provide nutritional supplements for a child in Brazil for 2 weeks, £67 represented a month's salary for a health worker in Brazil, and a simple water filter that could save lives cost only £33 - so this money will be put to great use." Sr Mariana Tauber, from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, said: "This money will be used to fund projects that aim to help dispel the ignorance about Aids and to fund outreach projects that will visit those who are ill in their homes. It will also help fund literacy projects and change of behaviour workshops in Uganda." Aid to the Church in Need representative Tony Stevens said that they support over 18,000 seminarians worldwide in Eastern Europe and in the Far East. This money will go towards a seminary in Vietnam.
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