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LETTERSLetters Letters Letters Letters Letters♥HEARTS MATTERThank you for the copy of theJune/July issue of PortsmouthPeople, which I enjoyed readingand in which you carry referenceto my support for the charityLittle Hearts Matter.Charity is an essential manifestationof the Christian vocationand we are called upon torespond to the needs of thoseless fortunate than ourselves. Iwish the Catholic Community ofthe Diocese of Portsmouth andall your readers a mostsuccessful endeavour.The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MPAN ALTERNATIVETO MPS CLAIMS!COLOUR CONTRAST LEGIBILITYAt the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Portswood (Southampton), we havea Discussion Group which meets monthly and talks about a wide range of faithrelatedtopics. This week Portsmouth People was considered with particularreference to the form it now takes. You will be pleased to know that it is felt to bemuch more reader-friendly than the earlier version, the bright and cheerfulappearance being much liked, with one exception which was agreed by all present,namely colour contrast.For example, most of us were quite unable to read black print on a red background,and for myself I am still left wondering how a number of the Apostles died (p9). Boldblack on blue can be read without much difficulty, but fine black print on blue is alsodifficult e.g., Calendar of Forthcoming Events.We would be most grateful if in future issues colour contrast could be given morethought. This is for ever a problem with myself as reading is nearly impossible forme now, but with the ageing congregations that are now to be found, I am sure weare not alone in this.Best wishes for the future of the People which must now be a leader in its field.D H BradmanSouthampton[Very many thanks for your kind comments and for drawing attention to theproblems of colour contrast. We’ll take on board what you say. What we haveimmediately done is start posting black and white (i.e., greyscales) versions of Peopleon the website (www.PortsmouthPeople.org.uk) for those who have access towebsites, be that from home or perhaps from a local library etc. This also means thatparishes and others are now in a position to print out b&w versions either for displayor distribution. Ed.]I recently returned from our Mission in Mysore (India) whereI received the vows of Sister Indira, a newly Professed Sisterto our Congregation in that country where there is a greatimbalance between rich and poor.A tailor who had a little shop near our Convent had to giveup work through ill health. His wife was also ill, sufferingfrom a brain tumour. They have two young boys. On our wayhome from Church we dropped by their house: one room withbanana leaves for a roof and walls. The couple have to find400 Rupees a month for their respective medicines. That’s alot of money to find, even if you are in full time work. He’doften go without medication so his wife could have hers.Through the generosity of some friends we were able to leavethem enough to pay for supplies of medicines and for propermeals. They were so grateful that hewent straight out to the local shopto buy a candle (so we could praytogether) and some refreshments forus.I returned to England and to the bleaknews of the expenses saga of BAasking staff to work for less money ….I pray that, when the relics of StThérèse come to Portsmouth, she willteach us as a nation to return to amore simple approach to living outour faith, while offering support andhospitality to the less fortunate.Statue of St Thérèse,Corpus Christi(Portsmouth)Sister Anastasia McGonagle FMSLContributions to the Letters column are warmly invited. The Editor regrets being unable (1) to enter intocorrespondence other than through the pages of the magazine and (2) to accept for publication any copy,including Letters, submitted other than electronically.18PORTSMOUTH PEOPLE

FEATUREPARISH OUTING -TO THAILAND!Earlier this year a group of ten parishionersfrom St Joseph’s in Maidenhead (PortsmouthDiocese) and three from St Peter’s in Marlow(Northampton Diocese) went on a ten-daytrip to visit projects for abandoned children,poor families and disabled young people inPattaya, Thailand.St Joseph’s has been sponsoring the ThaiChildren’s Trust (previously the PattayaOrphanage Trust) for some fourteen years.Tricia Brooking explained: ‘My daughter cameseven years ago as a volunteer. She loved it –especially working with the babies.’Parishioners were taken to see all the projects andwere given the choice of helping with the babies,working in a children’s day centre or teachingEnglish to disabled young people.Tricia said she particularly enjoyedteaching the disabled young people: ‘It’sawe-inspiring. You hear some amazingstories. There was one young Vietnamesegirl who couldn’t speak Thai but we wereable to speak English to her.’Tricia continued: ‘The day centre for children ofworking parents was amazing too. The children aregiven rucksacks and uniforms. They all have littlechores but a lot of their time is given to play andsimple learning. The day includes sleep and a shower.I would love to spend a longer time there.’’We also visited the Children’s Village which has justrecently been opened. The children live in smallfamily groups with adult carers. They have littlegardens and a dog. It has a lovely atmosphere.’After their stay in Pattaya, the group were off toBangkok to do some sightseeing before their longflight home.Tricia concluded: ‘The whole trip has been soinspiring. I think many of us would like to return fora longer stay.’The vocational training centre for thedisabled is the first of its kind inThailand and gives young men andwomen with disabilities the chance toget professional qualifications incomputing, electronics, languages andother skills that enable them to earntheir own living rather than bedestitute or wholly dependent ontheir families.Tricia said: ‘There were so manyphysically disabled - often throughtraffic accidents. This centre isgiving them hope. Instead of beinga burden on their families manyare now supporting them. Acouple of the lads want to takepart in the paralympics, onehopes to be a tour guide, manywant to go on to university andall were looking forward torunning their own businesses.After seeing them, many of usfelt we had no reason tocomplain about our own achesand pains.PORTSMOUTH PEOPLE 19

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