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Please support the UW Chaplaincy team for Operation Refugee!

Five years ago, Abp David spent a week living below the Poverty Line to raise funds for CWS. This year, it’s Brother Andrew’s turn. He’s gathered a team round him from friends of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Waikato to live on refugee rations for the five days from Friday 16 to Tuesday 20 June. As I write, the team has raised over $2,500 towards the CWS campaign target of $80,000. The funds will go to CWS’s partner DSPR (the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees) working with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. They’ll use it to provide medical care, food parcels, education, etc. Click on the link for more information. The typical refugee rations that we’ll live off for the five days are 1kg of rice, 300g each of kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, and flour, plus 200ml oil, a 425g tin of tuna, and 40g of spices. We can have as much water as we want (a luxury that few refugees get) but we won’t see anything like fresh greens, etc. unless we meet various fundraising targets. $400 gets us only one serving of greens – spinach or silverbeet, and a single lemon. And we can kiss coffee and chocolate goodbye for the five days! I did have a friend (who shall remain anonymous) offer to sponsor me if she could come and eat a creambun in front of me. Some friend! So come on, Anglicans, let’s help CWS meet their target. Go to

to donate to any member of our team! Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui!

Peace and all goodness,

Brother Andrew

(Waikato University Chaplain)

Wondering where the money will go ...?

Story Published: 13th of June - 2017

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