- Worthy State Deputies, District Deputies, Grand Knights, & Dear Brothers, My name is Hikmat Michel Dandan, the Ontario Christian Refugee Relief Director. All the Knights of Columbus initiatives are important but Christian Refugee Relief is particularly important because it deals with persecuted and at-risk Christians. The Supreme Council has adopted this year a resolution for Solidarity with persecuted Christians. My recommendation to all Ontario councils is to encourage them to appoint a Christian Refugee Relief Chairman at the council level. I am ready to make a ZOOM or TEAMS virtual meeting at short notice to explain in detail to interested brothers how their councils can participate in charitable initiatives that satisfy the Christian Refugee Relief category which is under Life but entirely different from typical Life initiatives and with many options that touch lives.
- Knowing what the urgent needs are, I have developed initiatives that satisfy many aspects of relief that will bring aid, to more refugees, needy students, hungry families, orphans, priests, seminarians, Christian craft workers, churches, hospitals, the elderly, the disabled, the sick and the families of departed sisters and brothers. Of course, participating in any of these initiatives will also earn the council credits towards achieving your Columbian or Star council awards. Many of the Christian Refugee Relief initiatives can also be classified under FAITH, COMMUNITY as well as LIFE. Also since the council promotions will be with parishioners, it will also boost your image and increase your membership as the parishioners will see how the council is helping the most needy and will be impressed and may join the order.
- All the initiatives are described here under www.christianrefugeerelief.org. Some websites are still being renovated or developed but all the initiatives are active. Do not put your charity eggs in one basket but distribute them to benefit many more charitable causes.
- Lastly WHY DO WE DO THIS? Because we are Catholics, which means UNIVERSAL, we look beyond and help brothers all over, so that the light of Christ shines in far-away places all over the world. So when you receive a message from me, it is because I need your help to save persecuted and at-risk Christians.
- There are many initiatives and options so please donate to Christian Refugee Relief:
- Donate to: Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation, write in the memo part the name of the initiative. Mention your address and email (Tax receipts will be issued).
- Send your cheques by post to this address: Ontario Christian Refugee Relief Director, 6428 Yonge Street, Centerpoint 37150, Toronto, Ontario, M2M 4J8.