CatholicCare appeal helps disaster victims


Catholic Outlook, May 2011


A recent Disaster Relief Appeal conducted by CatholicCare Social Services – Parramatta raised more than $17,000 for victims of Cyclone Yasi in northern Queensland. 

The money has been sent to the St Vincent de Paul Society in Cairns to support its work with victims of the cyclone. In addition, $1100 was sent to Christchurch in New Zealand at the request of St Michael’s Parish, Blacktown South. 

The appeal was conducted during February after a Vinnies’ appeal for flood victims in southern Queensland and northern NSW. 

Executive Director of CatholicCare Social Services, Otto Henfling, said he was pleasantly surprised at the generosity of the parishioners of the Diocese so soon after Christmas and the appeal for flood victims.  

“The amount raised is testimony to the generosity of Australians generally as well as to the understanding by Catholics of the Gospel message to support those in need,” he said. 

This was the first time that CatholicCare had conducted a disaster appeal. CatholicCare’s Business Manager, John Manouk, said the aim was to give parishioners the ability to respond quickly whenever there was a significant disaster within Australia.  

“This is just another way that CatholicCare supports those in need and provides an avenue for those who want to assist those in need,” he said. 

CatholicCare now has an online facility to donate money to its works at

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