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Charity helping pregnant women in need honoured with major international award

International recognition: Patti Camp receives the Michael Bell Memorial Award on behalf of Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated. With her are David Jefferies (centre) and David Huppatz.

International recognition: Patti Camp receives the Michael Bell Memorial Award on behalf of Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated. With her are David Jefferies (centre) and David Huppatz.

PREGNANCY Crisis Incorporated received the “wonderful bonus” of an international award at its recent fundraising dinner in Brisbane.

PCI was awarded the Michael Bell Memorial Award for its dedication to “working to change the lives of impoverished women and their unborn children for the better”.

International Alliance of Catholic Knights president David Huppatz presented the award at the charity’s annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, June 7, at the Marymac Centre Annerley.

He was supported by Queensland state chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross David Jefferies and chairman of KSC Branch No. 1 Stuart Beavis.

PCI president Patti Camp said the award “was a wonderful bonus on an outstanding night of joy and surprises”.

“Most importantly generous donations and funds raised on the night have enabled the charity to continue its work,” she said.

“Perth Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey as the guest speaker gave an outstanding address on current issues and developments taking place within Australia and overseas.

“Archbishop Hickey opened by saying he had received the invitation to speak at the PCI dinner with great enthusiasm.

“This was because he had heard a lot about the creative ways in which PCI’s members offer help to women faced with problems because of their pregnancy.

“The archbishop also said he was offering whatever encouragement he could.

“This is because we are facing an almost impossible task, to protect unborn life in a society that now accepts abortion as a human right.

“Archbishop Hickey also noted that humanly speaking we are not on the winning side.

“However, spiritually speaking, we have Almighty God on our side because we have good news that the world needs.”

Mrs Camp said the night raised enough funds to allow the charity to continue its work providing help and welfare through home visits.

“Where necessary PCI also provides a safe house to impoverished pregnant women subject to threats, bullying and abuse,” she said.

To support the work of PCI through donations or volunteer work, phone 1300 777 777, email pci777@bigpond.com or mail to PO Box 1707, Springwood, Qld 4127.

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