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PARISH HAS HIGH
HOPES FOR HIGH TEA
For ster Tuncurry parishioner Loretta Heffernan
shares a recent parish initiative that was both
fruitful and fun.
After a young Mums' prayer group
meeting at Old Bar, Linda Norris shared
photos with Judy Tyler of her r ecent trip
to Tzaneen, Africa. During these trips,
Linda works with Humanitarian Project
International Inc and the Missionary Sisters
of Our Lady of the Sacred Hear t, to help
build homes for AIDS orphans.
Judy was touched by the images of the
orphan childr en and offered to host
a fundr aising event at Forster Parish
community hall. With Linda Nor ris, Anne
Moloney and other volunteer s from Forster
and Old Bar, it all happened! The hall was
transformed, tables were beautifully laid
and all who attended enjoyed an appetising
and delicious high tea selection.
The event wa s promoted throughout
For ster, Taree , Old Bar and sur rounding
areas. Judy and Linda collected donations
from businesses in the area for a silent
auction, there wa s a stall with goods made
by local ladies from Tzaneen (so they can
ear n a living) and the oppor tunity for those
attending to "buy a brick" to help raise
funds for the building of homes for AIDS
orphans . All monies r aised go directly to
help the Sister s to continue to work with
the orphans and in the villages.
Over eighty people attended and were
enthr alled by Linda's story. She shared her
roles as university student, girlfriend, wife,
mother, teacher and Religious Education
Co-ordinator; her str uggles with work
and health, and the chance meeting with a
friend who was helping to make memory
books with people dying from AIDS
In 2007 Linda travelled to an AIDS camp.
As she said, "Nothing can prepare you.
There are cardboard and iron shanties,
thousands ar e sick and dying, people are
ostr acised from families and communities.
If a per son is HIV positive they are not
wanted. In Austr alia we have many choices
and suppor t from churches, gover nment,
and community groups but in Africa there
is very little. Fifty percent of the population
in Uganda is under 15 because of the
deaths of parents in civil war.
"In 2011, after seeing the Watoto Children's
Choir at Taree and listening to their stories
of brutalisation, tor ture and killings by
soldier s of the Kony regime -- and their
forgiveness of the perpetr ators -- I again
felt the need to help. This time my husband,
Michael, came with me to volunteer for
Linda Norris and her sister Carole Isaacs at 'High Tea'.
Mission Watoto Australia. We had new
careers as bricklayer s , building a place to
take care of babies that had been thrown
away -- literally. I was then asked to be
a Volunteer Manager for Humanitarian
The Ladies High Tea Fundr aiser at For ster
was a wonder ful success and an excellent
example of what can happen when parish
communities work together.
To learn more contact Mike and
Linda Norris, Humanitarian Projects
International Inc. E norris@
P 0431 631 503 or 0408 077 089.
Phone 4944 0700 to learn more or
register for a FREE info session.
Short & long
in the Hunter.
Tuesday 28 April
6pm - 8.30pm
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