St John the Baptist’s parishioners and local community have raised over £3,000 for the recent devastating floods in Pakistan. The money is to be split between charities helping the Pakistani people in the flood affected regions.
The Denzil Family, pictured, are Roman Catholics originating from Pakistan, where there is Christian community of over one million people. Now members of St John the Baptist’s Parish, Ivy St, Burnley, they were delighted that parishioners had raised over £3000 to aid victims of the recent floods which have devastated their home country.
A third of the money was distributed to Christian parishes in the North West Frontier Province through the Mill Hill Society. The rest was sent through CAFOD to their partners Caritas Pakistan, to provide emergency aid, including cooking utensils, hygiene kits and water purification tablets.
Anne Marie Coppock, CAFOD Diocesan Manager, for the Diocese of Salford said, “Aid is distributed to those in greatest need, whether they be Muslim, Hindu or Christian. We recognise the presence of God in everybody equally.” Anne Marie was astonished and delighted by the generosity of the local community of St John the Baptist’s Burnley. In fact the CAFOD Pakistan Appeal has pledged over £1,000,000. CAFOD can only do this through the generosity of the Catholic communities of England and Wales.
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Picture above shows, left to right: Umaier Denzil, Anne Marie Coppock, Reema Denzil, Yasmine Denzil, Attique Denzil.