A GROUP of 12 people in Mountmellick who work quietly in the background have managed to raise up to €100,000 to assist a missionary nun who work with orphaned children in Zambia.
Since 2001, the Mission Alive group in Mountmellick has held annual table quizzes, church gate collections and coffee mornings to assist Franciscan Missionary nun Sister Paula, who has spent almost 50 years working on an AIDS/HIV orphan project at the Chipata Compound in Lusaka, Zambia.
This year’s coffee and cake fundraising effort, which was held last week in Fr Peter Dunphy’s house, proved yet again to be highly-successful, with in the region of €3,000 being raised.
Fr Dunphy thanked all who brought confectionery, jam and raffle prizes to the annual event and everyone who came to buy and who gave donations of money, as well as the many people down through the years who have continued to support Sr Paula in her work.
He said that the funds raised allows Sr Paula to provide education for orphan and vulnerable children. Many of the children are underweight, on anti-retro viral treatment and often traumatised by the death of parents and older siblings through AIDS/HIV. Many are being cared for by elderly grandparents, uncles or aunts.
The funds raised in Mountmellick affords the children a holistic education, nourishing meals, medical care and a sense of belonging. Guardians, too, are able to take better care of children through education programmes on nutrition.