Catholic Women's League in drive for Iraq appeal funds
With a new report issued in the past week showing the damage caused to ordinary Iraqis by the recent war on Iraq, the Catholic Women's League (CWL) is urging Australians to give to its Gold Coin Appeal.
The CWL is asking every Australian to give one gold coin ($1 or $2) to help ease the suffering of ordinary Iraqis, particularly women and children.
The proceeds will go directly to Caritas Australia, which will put them towards health and nutrition programs for women and children, and also to improve water supply within Iraq.
"A gold coin donation may seem little, but if everyone gave just one, we could make a substantial contribution," said organiser Mrs Marianne Crowe.
Last week, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War estimated that between 21,700 and 55,000 people died during the Iraq War and that the health and environmental consequences will be felt for many years to come. Its report recommended the re-establishment of the Iraqi health sector, arguing that health and health care are fundamental social rights.
As tensions in Iraq heighten and the targets of terrorism increase, Caritas is one of the few aid and development organizations which has stayed in the country to continue delivering emergency aid to the Iraqi people.
The number for donations and public enquiries is 1800 024 413
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