Responding to the recent violence against Christians in the Middle East students from Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage raised $2,068 in one week. Students competed among different grades to see which could raise the most funds. The project entailed filling buckets with coins, cash and checks.
The student effort was in response to a national challenge by the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, which has established a fund to assist religious minorities, including Christians, Sunni Muslims and Yazidi who are suffering increasing violence and persecution at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and surrounding regions.
The Knights pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $50,000 in donations from the public across the nation to assist those terrorized in the Middle East.
Holy Rosary has challenge other local Catholic schools to see if they can match or exceed their fundraising effort and thereby increase the overall contribution from Alaska.
“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund.”