Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Our youth group is hoping to hold a fundraiser event called a Silence-a-Thon in solidarity with those in the Middle East who have been “silenced” by the Islamic State militants. Before March 20th, the youth group will collect pledges with all the proceeds being sent to CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) Canada (cheques made payable also to CNEWA Canada), and in turn will be sent on to those in the affected areas who are working to support those displaced from their homes. On March 20th, from the moment the youth get up until some point during the Youth Group (we’re still working out details) they must be silent. No TV, no music, no video games, no speaking, and during this time, they are asked to pray for those who have lost so much.
I am wondering if you would be able to get the word out to as many youth groups, schools or other organizations who might be interested in raising money in this way for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ as possible.
I’ve attached a poster and pledge form as well. Thank you for your help!
May the Lord bless you, keep you and give you peace and joy.
Youth Minister & Sacramental Preparation Coordinator
St. Augustine's and St. Joseph's Parish