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In New Delhi, a person dies from COVID every four minutes.

Prayer and giving for India Special prayer services in

to 50. It is the only COVID-19 Sydney have been told of the hospital available to a population suffering in India and an appeal of 2 million people. has been launched as the scale of “We are facing big challenges the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. due to the overload,” a hospital In the month before this edition spokesman said. “Hospitals of Southern Cross went to press, need equipment like ventilators, India averaged close to 330,000 monitors, PPE kits, food for new cases of COVID each day. patients. There is a big shortage There were 27 million recorded of oxygen and medicine and lifecases in the country and the One specialist hospital for 2 million people: The COVID ward saving equipment. Most of the at Herbertpur Christian Hospital in Uttarakhand, northern India. death toll was nearing 310,000 COVID hospitals are full.” – well over a third of those deaths India’s second wave of COVID occurring in the past month. to support Herbertpur Christian currently number about 1 in every has caused a collapse of the In the capital, New Delhi, a Hospital in the COVID hotspot of 200 people in Uttarakhand state. health system, with people person dies from COVID-19 every Uttarakhand in northern India. The hospital treats anyone being forced to sleep on beds by four minutes. The Herbertpur Hospital regardless of race, caste or the roadside while waiting for The Archbishop of Sydney’s has been asked by the Indian religion, but has access to only hospital space.SC Anglican Aid has responded to Government to take care of 30 oxygen beds and is urgently You can support the appeal online at the crisis, launching an appeal COVID-19 patients, which seeking to increase this number the Anglican Aid website.

PRAYER SERVICE AT PARRAMATTA

The Rev David Ould and the Consul General of India, Manish Gupta.

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Members of the congregation and the local Indian community gathered at St John’s Cathedral in Parramatta to pray for loved ones and the entire nation of India as it grapples with the COVID crisis. The Consul General of India, Manish Gupta, attended the service, as did Dr Geoffrey Lee, the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism.

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seen “a tremendous outpouring of public support”. The senior assistant minister of St John’s, the Rev David Ould, who led the service, said there had been messages from Indian organisations and community members who were all grateful for the gathering. The personal suffering was also brought home by one of the cathedral’s growth group leaders, Michael Jackson.

“It’s such a noble gesture of solidarity and compassion,” Mr “My parents and my brother-in-law were both infected with the Gupta said as he thanked the congregation for attending the COVID virus,” he told the congregation. “In addition to them service. “India is going through very tough, challenging times. there were a number of extended family members, church This is unprecedented in India’s history. family and friends. We have lost a few. We have lost ministers “The pandemic has extracted a heavy toll but the nature of from the church as well. Everyone else who has family far pandemic is such that even the families are finding it difficult away will share the same sentiment. It is difficult not being to give those who have left us a proper farewell. These are very, there. The only thing we can do is hope and pray. very difficult times for the country.” Yet, he added, Indians had “When it is your own family, it is not just another statistic.” 12

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June 2021

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Southern Cross JUNE 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

Southern Cross JUNE 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

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