GREATER Shepparton is filled with some amazing people achieving incredibly compassionate and empathetic feats. One such group is Voice for Silent People, a local, non-profit organisation that assists people in places like the Congo who are victims of corruption, conflict and violence.
Voice for Silent People promotes justice and the human dignity of all people through ‘Advocation, Education and Assistance.’ At present, their assistance program is small, but like the song says: “from little things, big things grow.”
Voice for Silent People secretary, Damien Sullivan said, “We want to make sure that we are in it for the long haul, and continue to provide assistance for as long as it is needed.
“We have committed to assist two young girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have been severely affected by conflict and violence.
“Rose is just one such example of someone we have worked with recently. Rose was orphaned when her parents were killed in a machete attack. Relatives have taken her in but they need our help to cover such things as school fees, medicines and other unforeseen costs. Rose loves school and is doing quite well. We hope that with our help she can continue to gain the benefits of living back with family and gaining an education.”
Voice for Silent People is holding a launch event at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 30 at the Monsignor Jeffrey Centre, behind St. Brendan’s Church, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton.
For further information, call Damien on 0438 088 403 or Jean Marie on 0432 405 572, or visit Voice for Silent People online at www.voiceforsilentpeople.org/ or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VFSP1/