Parishioners send aid to Sierra Leone

PUBLISHED: 13:54 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

COUGH medicine, chewable vitamins and footballs were among the goods to leave Honiton last week, bound for Sierra Leone. Father Joseph Shonibare, former parish priest at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family, requested the items to help with his mi

COUGH medicine, chewable vitamins and footballs were among the goods to leave Honiton last week, bound for Sierra Leone.Father Joseph Shonibare, former parish priest at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family, requested the items to help with his missionary work as an Augustinian Recollect monk.Football boots, a pullover, glossy photo paper and re-writable CDs were among his other requests.He also asked for ten Bibles, but was aware their weight may be prohibitive.Monks at St Rita's, Honiton, along with Father Joseph's former parishioners, are doing all they can to support his work in the world's second poorest country. A mini bus full of goods will be transported to Spain at a later date, to go in a container of relief aid for the mission.However, providing relief is not Father Joseph's main goal.Before leaving Honiton for Sierra Leone, he said: "I'm going out as a priest, not a social worker."A spokesperson for the Augustinian Recollect Order said: "There are people who go there (Sierra Leone) to give aid, but that is not what we do best."Watch this space to find out how you can help Father Joseph do more for the poverty-stricken people of Sierra Leone.

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