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  • Sister thanks Champ readers for supporting African orphanage

    Kenny Parker

    SISTER  Margaret Rose has thanked Champion readers for their continued support for the Gorsilaure Project, a charity which cares for destitute orphans in The Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The 75-year-old, a member of the Sister of Notre Dame congregation in Parbold, helped to launch the charity  18 years ago and makes  regular appeals to the people of West Lancashire for funds through our columns - most recently in December. 

    Run by Father Simon Lumbela at the  Gorsilaure  Children’s Village in Qinsantu, Bas-Congo, the project provides education for the children and a hospital with maternity and surgical units, as well as overseeing farming, food production and  manufacturing schemes.

    Sister Margaret Rose said: “Father Simon and the residents of the orphanage send their sincerest thanks to every reader of the Champion who has ever reached out to them via the Gorsilaure Project.

    “Father Simon wants you to know that, unlike the countless other destitute and abandoned Congolese children, Gorsilaure’s orphans are being given the chance to survive and that this is entirely due to the compassion and generosity they receive from the big-hearted people who, on learning about their plight, are moved to offer them some financial aid.

    “Father Simon reassures every benefactor that he or she will continue to be held in grateful prayer.”

    Expressing her own thanks and appealing to supporters to both keep up their efforts and ask others to join in, Sister Margaret Rose added: “The children’s very survival depends on the outreach they receive and God knows how to make whatever anyone can contribute go a long way – just as Jesus did when he multiplied the loaves and fishes.”

    For more details about the project and how to donate, contact Peter Harding on 01383 822540 or 07963 606 677 or by email  at peterharding48@aol.co.uk.

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