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Lookback at 2012 – Chairman’s Review

2012 was a busy and successful year for HOPE03 in their fundraising activities. Again our attention was focused on our ongoing projects in the Philippines. This project is divided between the Education Program and the Medical Centre project.

– Phillippines

With regards to the Education project, we are still helping to provide 285 ‘Street’ children with an education, thereby giving them a chance in life and helping them to escape the poverty trap.

Whilst the Medical Centre has been open now for a few years and provides much needed medical care for the 14,000 ‘Street & Alley’ people in the Malate district, HOPE03  is continuing to provide the necessary funds for equipment and supplies. This is ongoing and needs continued support.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who donated what they could, particularly the local parishioners through the collections after all Masses on the weekend of  23rd & 24th June 2012 for the Philippines projects. The total collected was £3,200.

Your support is very much appreciated and always, every penny has gone to helping this good cause.

Generous donations during 2012 provided essential medical supplies at the centre in Manilla

 

– Welcome Organisation

At the third effort of trying due to the inclement weather this year, HOPE03 held a Golf Classic at Rockmount Golf Club on 28th September to raise funds for the Welcome Organisation based in Belfast who work to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and rough sleeping. They do this by giving practical support, advice, information and access to a range of health and well being services to people living in the city. They aim to bring a little dignity and warmth to lives that do not have the “luxury” of a home. Their drop in support centre provides basic needs such as food, showers and laundry services.

The total raised by the Golf Classic was £4,300.

Members of Hope03 further contributing to the construction of the new Welcome Centre
Hope03 Chairman, Peter O’Hara (right) with Frank McCourt presenting a cheque to Sandra from the Welcome Centre

 

– St. Bakhita’s Youth Centre

Another of HOPE’s charitable efforts this year was providing financial assistance to St Bakhita’s Youth centre, which is situated in the town of Mazabuka in the southern province of Zambia, Central Africa. It has a population of over 240,000 and the HIV/Aids rate is 17% of the population. 46% of the children do not go to school, 31% because of lack of funds. Income is generally £70-£100 per month.

The youth centre was officially opened in April 2011 to provide a safe environment for the youth of the area, is the only such facility in the town. Educational and recreational opportunities in the form of workshops, retreats, table tennis, and pool, cultural and social events take place at the centre. Funding for the construction of the building came from Italian and Irish donations.

Sr Mary De Largy, a Mercy Sister who has been working with vulnerable youth in Mazabuka for the past six years offers one to one counselling at the centre and provides some sponsorship for needy youth. Last yeas, HOPE03 donated £1,000 to this project.

 

– West Belfast Breakfast Club & Sure Start, East Belfast

HOPE03 also donated £500 to a West Belfast Breakfast Club organised by SVP and also to Sure Start in East Belfast to assist their Breakfast Club.

Pictured are HOPE03 committee member Tom Fitzpatrick and HOPE03 Chairman Peter O’Hara presenting a cheque for £500 to the Sure Start breakfast club.

Tom Fitzpatrick & Peter O’Hara presenting a cheque to SureStart Breakfast Club

 Again, HOPE03 would like to thank all our parishioners for their generous support over the last 10 years.

HOPE03 is committed to supporting projects both locally and internationally.

100% of all donations goes directly to the various projects.

 Peter O’Hara (HOPE03 Chairman)

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