St Joseph's is proud to have played host to not one, but two fundraising events within the space of 7 days.
The first of these was a Polish themed evening, held on Friday 16th of November and organised by the Polish community of St Joseph's. The event showcased the best of Polish culture, with parishioners treated to a sample of Polish food, drink, music and dancing, as well as a short presentation on the history of Poland and a quiz about all things Polish. The event was organised to coincide with 100 years of Polish independence.
Tickets for the event were on sale for £5 each, and there was a raffle on the night. Although it wasn't published in advance, the Polish community announced on the evening that all proceeds from the sale of the tickets and the raffle would be donated to the Broomhouse food bank. In the end, the event raised over £280 which will be donated to the food bank and help those in need this Christmas.
A mere few days later, on Tuesday 20th November, a musical evening was held by Chris Dempsey in the church. Performing some of his own original music, Chris hosted a concert with all proceeds going to Mary's Meals. With tickets costing £5 each, plus a raffle and Chris' CD's on sale the event managed to raise the incredible amount of over £1200. An amazing feat for one evening of entertainment.
Mary's Meals can feed one child in a developing country for a whole year with a donation of £14. The proceeds from Chris' fundraiser will help to feed 85 children.
St Joseph's has a reputation already as a very generous parish, and that reputation has once again been held up. Well done to everyone involved in these events, and thank you to everyone who donated for your generosity.