For over ten years, All Saints parishioner Tony Watkins has been supporting the Zulu Missions in the Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa, both as a donor and Mission Patron.
During Christmastide 2014 the Archdiocese, through Cardinal Napier’s office, arranged for Tony to visit a couple of the mission parishes and to see for himself what was really needed. He took with him three suitcase full of presents donated by his previous parish.
While he was there he also met with the cardinal, who was keen to emphasise the particular challenges of providing a Catholic education in Kwa Zulu-Natal. The South African state is willing to fund teachers salaries, but contributes nothing towards school infrastructure.
Since returning Tony has been aiming to raise money specifically for the Catholic primary school at Emolweni. By summer last year he had raised more funds, and this time they were used for the purpose of purchasing maths kits for the younger children. He took these out on a second visit during July 2015.
Tony has recently been out again, this time taking a £200 donation from us as a parish, and has enthusiastically returned with the new objective of raising more money to assemble science kits. At the moment a truck arrives for just two days a month to literally ‘deliver’ science lessons.
This coming Sunday 26 June, after Mass, Tony will be giving a slideshow and talk to generate interest and help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.