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Bishops’ Appeal releases emergency funds to respond urgently to Covid in India

The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal has released €10,000 in emergency funding to support Covid relief efforts in India.  Individuals and parishes are invited to contribute to support these efforts.  Funds will be channelled to partner agencies working on the ground in communities in India providing vital support and supplies.

More than 200,000 lives have been lost to the pandemic in India.  The pandemic has spread from large cities to smaller cities, towns and villages where its impact is largely under–reported, and the peak of the outbreak may still be two to three weeks from now.

Representatives from medical teams carefully check their PPE protocols in an Indian hospital.  Photo credit: Aahana Dhar/Médecins Sans Frontières.
Representatives from medical teams carefully check their PPE protocols in an Indian hospital. Photo credit: Aahana Dhar/Médecins Sans Frontières.

Bishops’ Appeal’s Diocesan Representative for Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, the Revd Albert Dawson, says: “As we look at the news bulletins over the last few weeks, the situation that has evolved with Covid–19 in India is very distressing to watch. We can only imagine the distress the doctors and nurses are working in to care, as best they can with extremely limited resources, for the sick and the dying in the hospitals.

“Let us remember the doctors and nurses who have travelled to our country from India and provided care for our citizens over the last year in the hospitals and nursing homes throughout Ireland. These are very valued members of our healthcare staff and it would be one way of showing them how much we value their contribution to our society.”

Donations can be made online or by post using the reference ‘CIBA India Covid Relief’ and all details about how to contribute can be found here.

For further information please contact:

Church of Ireland Press Office 
Church of Ireland House 
61–67 Donegall Street 
Belfast, BT1 2QH 

Tel: (028) 9082 8880 (from NI)
Tel: (048) 9082 8880 (from RoI)
Email: Press Office

Peter Cheney

+44 (0)7774 295 369

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