Children’s Charity Luncheon in Ottawa.

15 April 2013

On the third Sunday of Great Lent, April 7th 2013, which was also the feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, in the Protection parish in Ottawa a benefit lunch was organized to help the orphanage attached to the Ascension Monastery in the Ukraine. This Lenten fundraiser has been held for many years and has become a good parish tradition. This year, like in the past, Archbishop Gabriel attended to offer his support to this good deed.The orphanage at the Ascension Monastery was founded only 17 years ago. Today over 250 children are cared for at this monastery. Many of the children have special
needs or are seriously ill. Bishop Longin, the superior of the monastery, who himself was raised in an orphanage, cares for all of the children and relies only on God for help. Мercy and love for one’s neighbour are truly exemplified by this orphanage. The children and young people of the parish were responsible for this fundraiser. They helped buy the food, prepare and serve it. They ran a lottery and after the meal washed the dishes and cleaned up the parish hall. Everyone is happy that the event collected a large amount of money (over three thousand dollars) which will be sent to the Ascension Monastery for the needs of the orphans. The children thank all of the parishioners for their generous donations. They are also happy that despite the distance that separates Ottawa and the orphanage, they could help their Orthodox brothers and sisters in the Ukraine.

Sofia Vozzhova