by ROWENA OREJANA
WELLINGTON — The Bishops’ Lent Appeal raised more than $1 million this year, a
figure that is growing as donations still trickle in.

In its fi rst year, the Caritas Challenge for Catholic school students and youth groups raised more than $62,000. The fund is being used to help the Solomon Islands, which was hit by flooding early this year.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive officer Julianne Hickey said they are
“immensely grateful” to all who donated.
“Their generosity enables Caritas to respond to humanitarian crises, like the recent Solomon Islands flooding, with immediate aid in the form of water, food and emergency accommodation.”
She said the funds will also enable Caritas to deliver development programmes that focus
on the long-term needs of the community, and advocate on behalf of impoverished and
marginalised communities in New Zealand and abroad.

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