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Week of January 17, 2005
Canada's Catholics give $9.5M to tsunami relief
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' call for Canada's 13 million Catholics to contribute to tsunami relief in southern Asia has met with a tremendous response.
As of Jan. 12, more than $9.5 million had been donated to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.
CCODP is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic international aid network based in Rome. It already had relief workers in the area, including Sri Lanka and India.
The Canadian bishops asked for a collection to be taken Jan. 9 at all parishes in the country.
Jack Panozzo, communication officer with Development and Peace, said the money will help provide sustainable sources of clean water because the tsunami has seeped down and contaminated existing ground water supplies. He said it could take three to five years to completely rebuild.
Because Caritas had people living in the area, aid has been swift and accurate, he said. "We want to make sure the money gets to the people who need it most."
Catholics may still contribute to Development and Peace via the Internet at www.devp.org or by calling 1-888-664-3387 (toll free). Donations can also be made by mailing a cheque to Development and Peace, 5633 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal H1N 1A3. Please mark the cheques "Tsunami disaster."
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