BRISBANE priest Fr Adrian Sharp has always supported Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated for its focus on providing practical help to women under pressure to abort their unborn children.
“PCI’s work appealed because it was a case of putting money where the mouth was,” he said. “Critics often say the Church tells women not to have abortions but doesn’t support them in a practical way.”
Fr Sharp, as guest speaker at PCI’s fundraising dinner on April 11 at Annerley’s Marymac Community Centre, will outline examples of such practical help the charity has provided since it was launched in 2008.
“I’ll also be discussing ways for Catholics and anyone with a love of life to become more involved in pro-life work,” he said.
PCI president Patti Camp said the fruits of the charity’s support for pregnant women often facing violence from partners were readily apparent.
“Five women have given birth to their children in the past four weeks alone thanks to this support,” she said.
“That’s five children’s lives recently saved to add to many more since PCI started.
“Of course this sort of lifesaving support doesn’t come cheaply – electricity bills for the house and office cost about $6000 a year with a similar amount for insurance.
“That’s why it’s so important for people to get behind our fundraising event.”
PCI provides 24-hours-a-day service, seven days a week, 365 days a year to support women with crisis pregnancies.
The support to the mother also continues for a minimum of five months after birth.
PCI House, on Brisbane’s southside, provides safe accommodation for these women.
The organisation is seeking additional volunteer supervisors for PCI House and support workers to visit clients in their own homes.
To volunteer or to book tickets to the Annerley fundraising dinner phone 1300 777 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.