ONE of the organisations which will benefit from the CATHOLIC HERALD'S Christmas appeal, Help the Aged, has opened a special fund to help victims of the flood disaster in East Pakistan.
They have already sent clothing, blankets and a grant of £1,000, but the organisation, of course, has many calls on its funds.
Mr. Hugh Faulkner. Help the Aged Director, said that this Christmas as usual they would he providing Christmas dinner for some 250.000 old people plus a parcel of clothing to make it a special day. A third of these would be helped through Catholic relief agencies. The average cost of a meal was three shillings.
On the home front, Help the Aged has in hand the construction of £7m. worth of housing which will accommodate some 2.000 distressed old people.
The CATHOLIC HERALD is asking that money given by readers will he devoted to the Pakistan relief fund.
The other two recipients of this year's appeal are St. Raphael's School at Potters Bar, Herts., and the Cork Mission in Peru.
St. Raphael's is run by nine Brother Hospitallers of the Order of St. John of God, who look after 136 mentally handicapped men and boys. The school is run largely as an industrial training centre whereby the patients perform simple manual tasks such as assembling darts, earning themselves some pin money and self-respect.
The brothers will use their money for the general wellbeing of their "boys", and also in helping to defray the £23,000 debt on the premises.
The Cork Mission in Peru is staffed and maintained by the Cork Diocese in the desperately poor shanty town area of Trujillo. There a dozen priests and 19 nuns run ten Mass houses, clinics which treat thousands every year, schools for 5,000 children, and parishes for 90,000.
Money received will go towards repairing the damage caused by this year's colossal earthquake in areas where so many people, according to Bishop Cornelius Lucey of Cork, are "faced with poverty of soul and body. the poverty of the people who have neither enough to eat to look forward to here, nor heaven to look forward to hereafter."