On 28th September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. It caused more than 2,100 deaths and over 11,000 people were seriously injured. Potentially two million people have been affected and over 220,000 people have been displaced in evacuation centres or informal camps.
Our Caritas aid workers on the ground are being supported by our sister agency Catholic Relief Service (CRS), who are already addressing the immediate needs of survivors, with relief supplies including tarps, blankets and sleeping mats, as well as sanitation and clean up kits.
CAFOD supporters have already raised over £400,000 to help the communities who are most in need.
Students from the Catholic Society Liverpool Hope University have been out fundraising too. Assistant Chaplain Charlotte Walmsley wrote about their wonderful efforts:
As part of the Catholic Society at Hope University it’s important we are not only nourishing, encouraging and supporting fellow peers but that we are also reaching out to those in the wider community who need our help and support.
We decided it was essential for us a group to raise money for the people of Indonesia who had been affected by the earthquake, we stood outside university on the popular places which many students pass and asked for their donations, but we also spoke to students about why we were fundraising, it’s important that we tell others what we are doing so that they can have the choice to follow that up.
Over a 1 hour period we raised nearly £40, it might not seem like much to some people but every 1p and 2p which was donated added up to the total and will be sent over to help those in need, our donation will go towards a food pack or clean water, or medical supplies and emergency shelters.
For us it is not about who raised the most money, but it is about who has given what they could afford; as we hear in Mark’s gospel, the teaching about the widow who offered all she had, Jesus see’s those who give everything they have, it may not seem like much to us but it may be all that some afford but the generosity and the love which is involved is what God sees in all of us. As a Catholic society it is within our values to ensure the needs of everyone are tended to, it is through small acts which big things can come from.