The Ndola Church Diocese Benjamin Phiri has urged the church and well-wishers in general to mobilize financial and in-kind support for the victims of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi.
According to Bishop Phiri, the donation should be made on March 19, which is the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Tropical storm Freddy has wreaked havoc in Malawi, killing more than 300 people and putting more than 40,000 households in danger.
Bishop Phiri has already issued an appeal for monetary and material contributions to help the victims.
The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) issued a statement on March 14th urging all Catholics and persons of good will to unite in prayer and support those affected by the catastrophic tropical storm.
“As you may be aware through news and other media platforms, the Southern part of Malawi has been badly hit by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy, the tropical storm that has made extensive destruction to property and life from March 12th, 2023 and over 300 persons have reportedly died, several of them injured, and a lot of destruction to houses, roads, bridges and other facilities have been recorded. It is to this effect that the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) on 14th March, 2023 made a Statement calling all Catholics and the people of good will to stand in prayer and support the victims of this devasting tropical storm by immediately starting to donate whatever they can, in form of money and in kind, “to help the victims who have been affected and are suffering from the effects of the cyclone,” Bishop Phiri said.
He has since appealed in solidarity with the people of Malawi that donations be made.
“Therefore, in solidarity with people of Malawi, I, now make this appeal that you make donations in form of money and material support like clothes, shoes, beddings, mealie meal and other usable items. This donation should be done on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 19th March and what will be collected should be brought to the Diocesan Pastoral Offices on Monday, 20th March, 2023,” he said.