Dr Lorraine Valledares, Catholic Mission
Catholic Mission have recently embarked upon a new campaign, to raise money for children in Ghana, Africa who are at risk of being discarded from their own homes due to disability and disfigurement.
The organisation will this year mark Valentine's Day to celebrate the gift of generosity. The focus will shift away from chocolates and roses, to selflessness and devotion.
The Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love (MASEL), a local Ghanaian congregation, under the leadership of Sister Stan Terese Mumuni, established the Nazareth Home for God’s Children as a safe space for all children born with defects and disabilities in 2008. Sister Stan and her team work with a network of women in the community to rescue, care for and protect 'rejected' and 'spirit children' by providing them with a home, protection, access to education and all basic necessities of life, including love and acceptance.
Kevin Meese, Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission Melbourne, said: 'It is important to raise awareness whenever we are confronted by the inhumane treatment of children. The people who attend our event will be a source of inspiration to others through the information they receive. I’m most grateful to them for their generosity.'
The High Tea will be an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to alleviate suffering of children in Ghana who are born with disabilities, speech impediments and who are vulnerable. All funds raised will be used to build a Technical &Vocational School in Yendi, Ghana – saving the lives of children at risk. Moreover, this project will change attitudes to children born with special needs, and to provide livelihood options into the future.
Help Catholic Mission to make this event a success and join in this unique celebration of love on Valentine’s Day.