Last Saturday saw nearly 50 Parishioners, coming together in Community, to enjoy an excellent 3 course, flavoursome dinner, prepared by Catherine & Alan Hughes with the help of Sharmalene Fernando and a team of helpers – all to help raise funds towards the ongoing Diocesan Refugee Crisis Appeal. A terrific outcome and a real reflection of the continued generosity and desire to support those displaced from their own countries, through war and conflict, and now trying to build a life here from scratch in the UK.
Aidan Cantwell, from the Diocese, gave an update on the current Refugee Appeal, which has raised over £70000 since last year. The Diocese has decided to collaborate with key local agencies, like Voices in Exile in Brighton, taking advantage of their expertise to ensure the funds we raise are distributed to the best possible effect. Aidan reflected on the Government’s pledge to resettle just 20,000 Syrian refugees here, ‘barely enough to fill a football stadium’, considering the fact that so many millions have been forced to flee their homes. He had been particularly moved by the plight of a young Syrian married couple he had met at Gatwick; the husband was just 21 and wife just 19 years old and she was 6 months pregnant with their first child. They had arrived with nothing to start their lives here.
To date, events held at St Pius X, supported both by Parishioners and also members of their fellow Church communities across Guildford, have helped raise £6300 for the Bishop's Refugee Crisis Appeal. Watch this space for more to come!
Lamb Tagine and Ratatouille - both delightful!