Chiswick Parish Raises £36,000 for Philippine project

Ambassador on hand to accept funds to build houses, medical and school facilities for the slums of Manila

The Parish community of Our Lady of Grace & St Edwards, whose church is situated on the Chiswick High Road, has raised over £36,000 to support 90 families living in Manila, Philippines. Known as the GAWAD KALINGA appeal, the drive was part of the community’s Parish Lenten Project that has been running from March until June 2003.

At a special service held on Sunday 15th June local Parish Priest Monsignor James Curry, handed over a cheque worth £36,000.00 to His Excellency the Ambassador to the Philippines. The money will be used to build houses, medical clinics and educational facilities for more than 90 families living in Manila.

“The generosity of parishioners and the Chiswick community has led to an enormous sum of money being raised. This £36,000 will not only be used to build houses but will also build a community spirit for those families currently living in the slums of Manila,” Monsignor James Curry said.

The service was attended by His Excellency the Ambassador to the Philippines and members of the Philippine community in London and over 400 parishioners.

GAWAD KALINGA is a holistic approach to community development integrating education, health and nutrition, livelihood, housing and environment.

If any donations would like to be made to this worthwhile cause, please contact Monsignor James Curry or Father Gideon Wagay, Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church, telephone 020 8994 2877 or by e-mail on

June 18 2003

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