Even with many fundraising projects in parishes and in the wider Catholic community, Catholics in Singapore continued to give generously for Charities Week 2014, topping donations collected last year.

According to Caritas Singapore, which organises the annual archdiocesan fundraising campaign, contributions this year totalled $5,585,771.

This money will help the less fortunate.

Said Caritas Singapore’s executive director, Ms Bernadette Lau: “Catholics continue to be generous in their giving. Despite the many fundraising activities in the Catholic community, Charities Week continues to benefit from their support.

“This year, we raised slightly over $5.5 million in Charities Week, which is five per cent more than what was raised last year. We want to thank our fellow Catholics for their generosity and support.”

Charities Week provides much needed funding to the 23 Catholic charities and organisations under the umbrella of Caritas Singapore, the social mission arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore.

These groups, which serve more than 50,000  beneficiaries in total, include Catholic Welfare Services, Family Life Society, Catholic AIDS Response Effort, Morning Star Community Services, Roman Catholic Prison Ministry and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Caritas Singapore says that even as Charities Week 2014 draws to a close for this year, donations are still welcomed throughout the year.

Those who would like to donate can make a cheque payable to “Caritas Singapore” and mail it to 55 Waterloo Street #08-01, Singapore 187954.

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