For Catholics who wish to know more about the Church’s overseas humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, there will be a Humanitarian Forum and Fair (HFF2015) on May 30.

The forum will take place from 1 pm-8.30 pm at Catholic Junior College, and is themed: One Mission. Many Borders. Love Multiplied.

The two-yearly event will have a forum featuring eminent local and overseas speakers. They will be sharing insights and experiences on key humanitarian topics.

The speakers include newly appointed global humanitarian director of Caritas Internationalis Suzanna Tkalec and Msgr Enrique (Kike) Figaredo, Apostolic Prefect of Battambang, Cambodia.

Ms Tkalec will talk about the role of faith-based organisations and on Caritas in ensuring that those affected by conflict and disasters receive assistance and protection they need, while Msgr Figaredo will share what it means to continue to tend to a people that still bears the wounds of war.

There will also be a panel discussion and a question-and-answer segment during the forum.

The second half of the event includes a fair which will start at 7 pm. It will provide an opportunity for participants to understand the projects and volunteer programmes organised by Caritas Humanitarian Aid and Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) affiliates and partners.

The guest-of-honour will be Archbishop William Goh who will give an opening address and  a theological reflection.

CHARIS has called on Catholics to help to spread the word by taking part in the HFF2015 #eyesclosedchallenge.

Catholics are invited to take a selfie of their eyes closed, tag and post it on their Facebook page and nominate their friends to do the same.

To register, pick up a registration form from parishes or visit

To find out more about HFF2015, visit CHARIS’ Facebook page at, or their event video on the CHARIS Singapore’s Youtube channel.

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