Concerts for Jeel al Amal
Wed Apr 2, 2008
We report on a fantastic fund-raising initiative.
BE INSPIRED !
We thank the parishioners and friends of Canon Tony Ross of Coln St Aldwyns, Hatherop, Eastleach, Quenington and Southrop in the Diocese of Gloucester, who have contributed so much to Jeel al-Amal over a period of some eleven years.
The local parishes are blessed with a number of talented musicians so the idea blossomed of telling the Passion story through the Gospels in a number of concert performances during Lent.
Tony first travelled to the Holy Land and visited Jeel al-Amal Boys' Home in January 1997, on a McCabe educational pilgrimage. He then led two groups from his benefice in 1998 and 2000. As a result of these visits, Tony spread the word throughout the parishes who have really taken the orphanage to their hearts.
Money has been raised over the years through Lent, Harvest and Christmas appeals adding up to a fantastic total of £30,000.
Now due for retirement, Tony wanted to have one last major fundraising effort on behalf of Jeel, and these concerts were his initiative.
Over £8,000 was raised from ticket sales and donations !
The concerts were very popular and well-supported. We wish Tony well in his retirement and thank him, the concert performers, and so many from the area who contributed so generously.
The McCabe Educational Trust supports the running costs of Jeel with a monthly remittance and, with the help of people like Tony, we are now embarking on a programme of capital improvements beginning with much needed new bathrooms in the dormitories.
THANK YOU !
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