Archbishop's fund can help drought-affected residents
BRISBANE's Anglican Archbishop's emergency relief fund is offering opportunities of help to those affected by the droughts within the region.
When Archbishop Phillip Aspinall visited Kingaroy to deliver a sermon on Sunday December 9, he explained how the Archbishop's emergency relief fund can help those struggling with the dry weather conditions.
"We are providing assistance to some people who are badly affected by the drought,” he said.
"There's an Archbishop's emergency relief fund which people contribute to, and usually when there's a disaster of some sort, like a fire or drought or floods, then the Archbishop's emergency relief fund can be called on.”
According to Archbishop Aspinall, it is not hard for people in need to access this help.
"Often people in the church know people who are facing hardship. My office will let people within the church know that this assistance is available, and then the parish clergy just get in touch and say, 'there's a family that I'd like to help too', and the fund provides that assistance,” he said.
"Once we tell people about the impact the drought is having, people are very generous from other places, and they'll want to help, too.”
Archbishop Aspinall said the emergency relief fund had been helping people in similar circumstances for decades.
"The emergency relief fund has been before my time here... I'll be going up to 17 years soon. Most places do something like these funds, too,” he said.
"It started because we're much stronger together, and we're meant to be together living in communities, not alone. One of the first questions asked in the bible is 'am I my brother's keeper?' and that shows how we're meant to look after each other.”