Flood Relief Appeal
Extensive hardship was experienced throughout Ireland as a result of recent floods. People across the country have been left without food, shelter, warmth and clothing as a result of water damage. Many are also left with the insecurity that these floods could come again in the next few years and that their houses may never really be safe to live in.
The Archbishops and Bishops are leading a Church of Ireland response to this crisis to raise funds to provide small grants to help people with immediate needs. The Archbishops and Bishops are asking members of the church to respond with generosity to the Church of Ireland Flood Relief Appeal. Funds will be administered with the help of Protestant Aid, a charity with extensive experience in providing welfare assistance and, where appropriate, through parishes or other local agencies and charities. Miriam Gormally met with Archbishop Michael Jackson, who has been around Ireland and has seen first hand the devastation that it has left, to find out more. He began by talking about his reaction to what he has seen.
Individual donations may be made online at www.ireland.anglican.org/flood or by cheque (euro or sterling) to The Representative Church Body: Bishops’ Flood Appeal at Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6, D06 CF67. Parishes may also provide special collections at Sunday services over the next two weeks. Applications for assistance can be made to rectors or, in the case of parish vacancies, to rural deans or diocesan offices.