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“Dunedin North Parish decided to support our sisters and brothers in Gaza by having a fundraising fair at St Thomas’s (on July 3),” Fr Michael Wallace, vicar of All Saints Anglican parish, explained.
“We were very happy to welcome many people to the fair and especially happy to welcome friends from Pine Hill, Al Huda Mosque and the Palestine Solidarity Network,” Fr Wallace said.
Following the violence in Gaza in May this year, Anglican Missions launched an emergency appeal for Al Ahli Hospital, in the centre of Gaza City.
Because a majority of Gaza’s residents live in refugee camps, a significant portion of the Al-Ahli hospital’s care is charitable as it serves a community of exceptionally poor people.
The 80-bed hospital treats more than 45,000 patients a year and its doors are open to everyone in need.
In addition to the hospital, Al Ahli provides free mobile clinics to villages across Gaza. Al Ahli Arab Hospital is a ministry of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and funding was greatly needed to help the hospital continue to serve a community in need, Fr Wallace said.
“We will continue to support the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem,” he said.