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Schools, Board Staff and Parishes Donate $270,000 to Tsunami Relief Fund

January 14, 2005 - Students, parents, family, friends and staff of the Sudbury Catholic
District School Board’s elementary schools, secondary schools and
parishes helped to contribute more than $270,000 to Development and
Peace in support of the victims of the tsunamis in South East Asia in a major fundraising campaign. Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie called for a special collection to be taken up in all the parishes of the diocese this past weekend. All regions of the diocese demonstrated their generosity by collectively raising over $450,000 to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunamis.

In addition to the $270,000 raised by the districts of Sudbury-Manitoulin, the North Bay-Nipissing region contributed $88,000, while the Sault Ste. Marie Algoma region added a further $90,000. In similar fashion, the elementary and secondary schools of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board initiated their own fundraising events ranging from the donation of pizza money, bake sales, dress down days, special prayer services followed by silver collections and numerous other activities. Funds raised by the Sudbury Catholic Board totaled over $15,000. The funds collected by the schools and parishes have been donated to Development and Peace and will be matched dollar for dollar by the Federal Government.

Development and Peace has just recently opened its regional office in
Sudbury, located at 30 St. Anne Road. Fleur Hackett, a teacher on leave from the Sudbury Catholic Board has been selected as the facilitator for the Sudbury office to serve the dioceses of Hearst, Moosonee, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Timmins. “The office couldn’t have opened at a better time,” stated Hackett. “At the moment, people across North America are looking for the best way to offer assistance to those affected by the disaster in South East Asia. Our efforts will be coordinated with contributions from other countries, the United Nations, and from the Catholic Church’s social welfare network throughout Asia. All of these resources help to ensure that contributions for the Southeast Asian relief will be used intelligently and effectively,” said Hackett.Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe celebrated mass at the Sudbury Catholic Board to pray for victims of tsunamis. Development and Peace as of late yesterday had received $9.5 million to date for the urgent appeal, according to Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. “Channeling donations through the schools and parishes gave
people the opportunity to manifest their usual generosity,” stated the
Bishop. The Bishop also noted that Development and Peace as been
working in Asia for more than 30 years and for this reason, this unique organization can count on the support of an active network of partner groups, their staff and resources in each of the countries to assist victims of this terrible disaster.



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