Fund Raising continues
Bag-Packing at Tesco in support of Medical Relief in the Holy Land
On Tuesday 22nd December members of Clogher Diocese assisted by a number
of youth organizations will be involved in bag-packing in Tesco, Enniskillen
from 9.00am to 9.00pm, to raise funds for the Holy Land Medical Relief Fund,
an initiative being pioneered by Bishop Jackson.
Two Diocesan Pilgrimages, led by the bishop and clergy of the diocese, travelled
to the Holy Land in 2008 and 2009; and a third is to take place in 2010.
Subsequently the Holy Land Medical Relief Fund was established to spearhead
a major fundraising drive to support the updating and restructuring of St.
Luke’s Hospital in Nablus. The hospital, which was built around the
turn of the 19th century by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), is administered
by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and provides health care services to
the poor and needy, regardless of race and religion. It is also an essential
symbol of mutual respect and cooperation in the city of Nablus where it is
a major employer, providing Christians and Muslims the opportunity to work
together for the Common Good.
Last Christmas, the people of Clogher Diocese responded generously to an
appeal for support for the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, and following on from
this appeal the Holy Land Medical Relief Fund was established by Bishop Jackson
along with a number of people who had participated in the Diocesan Pilgrimages
to the Holy Land. Many events have taken place throughout 2009 to raise funds
for this initiative, and the Diocesan Mothers’ Union has already given
all monies collected at its recent Carol Service held on December 6th in
Galloon Parish Church to the Fund. Also, the collections at Carols Services
in both Clogher and Enniskillen Cathedrals, along with the Portora Royal
School and Monaghan Collegiate School Carol Services will also go towards