Belfast Cathedral presented cheques totalling £12,000 to representatives of Christian Aid and Rotary International for immediate use in Japan on Friday March 18.
The cheques were received by Deborah Doherty of Christian Aid-Ireland, and David Lowry of Portadown Rotary Club.
The Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral, the Very Rev Dr Houston McKelvey said: “Once again we are delighted and humbled that people have come to the cathedral in the knowledge that we will process their donations and get them to the point of need through two bona fide agencies with whom we have worked on previous occasions when disasters have struck.
“The donation to Christian Aid will be forwarded by way of the National Council of Churches of Japan, and the donation to Rotary International is for their emergency Shelterboxes, several hundred of which have already been distributed in Japan.
“We have had first hand reports from the Archbishop and Bishop of the area in Japan most deeply affected by the tsunami and earthquake. Together with the excellent cover provided by the news media, none of us are in any doubt that all the help we can send is definitely needed and needed now.”
The ‘Barrel of Hope’ at the cathedral is available each day from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and at service times on Sundays. Postal donations with cheques made payable to Belfast Cathedral Sitout can be sent to Belfast Cathedral, Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2HB.
Dean McKelvey added: “My sincere thanks to those who have contributed and enabled this response.”