Bishop Cunningham thanks parishes, schools for funds to help earthquake relief in Japan

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is grateful to the diocesan parishes, schools and individuals who generously contributed toward Japan Relief. This week a check totaling $201,117 is being sent specifically to assist with ongoing relief efforts.

“The generosity of the people in the Diocese of Syracuse continues to astound me,” Bishop Cunningham said. “Unfortunately, we are all seeing more and more tragic circumstances of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and fire. People around the world are in need and the people of our diocese immediately respond.  I am proud to be the bishop of such a generous diocese.”

Collected funds will be sent to Caritas, a partner of Catholic Relief Services. CRS is committed to Caritas Japan as they help disaster victims recover from the overwhelming destruction caused by the disaster.

For more information on local CRS efforts, contact Danielle E. Cummings,
Assistant Chancellor/Director of Communications at (315) 470-1476.

“Caritas Japan staff members and volunteers have been providing food and other aid to 10,000 survivors following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake was the largest on record to have hit Japan, and the tsunami caused destruction as far as 10 kilometers [approximately six miles] inland. The quake caused a serious accident and a 20 kilometer [approximately 12 mile] evacuation zone at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The overall cost could exceed $300 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster ever.

In some areas, the transitional shelters had been ready and some families have already moved in, but many of the affected are still living in evacuation facilities. They are provided enough food, but are suffering from big stress under this abnormal lifestyle.”

— Excerpt from CRS Voices 2011

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