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|Deep River Parish Responds to Need in Mozambique
A Local Heroes Story
One vehicle ambulance serves over 400,000 people in Mozambique. People often are unable to get to a hospital, or
are so fatigued by the trip they suffer catastrophic injury or death.When the Outreach Committee of St. Barnabas in Deep River learned this through The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Annual Statement they decided that they had to help. A project during Advent to raise $500 for a bicycle ambulance was a modest goal. To raise awareness of our project throughout the town, a float was entered in the local Santa Claus Parade with a bicycle ambulance on it, Joseph on the Bicycle and a pregnant Mary in the trailer behind. The youth group had prepared banners for the float that read “If Joseph and Mary had a bicycle ambulance Jesus might have been born in the Inn.”Several people “worked” the crowd, with flyers of information about the project, candy canes for the children, and cans to receive donations. Cans and signs were distributed around businesses in town throughout Advent, a large donation can sat in the narthex of the church, and people were invited to donate through their envelope offerings.
Within a week the goal had been reached, within two weeks it had been well surpassed, and a fund-raising Trivia Night in January will allow us to send funds to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund for three bicycle ambulances to ease the strain on the vehicle ambulances. Thank you to PWRDF for making us aware of the need.By Jean Ostrom, Crosstalk
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