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Church raises 25,000 for Haiti

St Eugene's Cathedral
Parishioners at St Eugene's raised almost 10,000 for Haiti.

Parishioners at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry have raised almost £25,000 since Saturday for emergency aid work in earthquake-hit Haiti.

The money will go directly to the Sisters of Mercy, who run medical centres in the country.

Father Michael Canny from St Eugene's said people were "digging deep".

"The great thing is that everybody here in the city feels they want to help the people of Haiti in some way, and they have responded so generously," he said.

"They can't get on planes and go out there and help, but they are doing what they can which is putting their hands in their pockets.

"People are digging deep and giving even to the point of it hurting, and that's what I think is significant in this appeal," he said.

People in Derry have also contributed towards £20,000 raised by the Presbyterian church across Northern Ireland.

David Latimer from First Derry Presbyterian Church said his parishioners have already sent money to the Haiti appeal.

"This will be used by Tear Fund and Christian Aid to support the work needed within Haiti," he said.

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