Catholics and their friends continued to give generously to Charities Week 2015 which raised more than $5.8 million to help the less fortunate. This amount is about $248,000 more than the funds raised in 2014.
Charities Week is the annual archdiocesan fundraising campaign that is organised by Caritas Singapore during Lent each year.
In a statement, Caritas said it was “very encouraged by the generosity of the Catholic community. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports the work of Caritas Singapore and our Catholic social mission groups, enabling us to continue the work of serving those who are in need of help.
“Donations received for Charities Week 2015 will benefit Catholic social mission groups in running their programmes and services.”
New programmes include Morning Star Community Services’ once-a-week respite care service for stressed parents; and Montfort Care’s YAH (Young-at-Heart) in the Community programme for seniors and their families.
Through YAH, Montfort Care hopes to bring its flagship Transformation Course to lower-income, home-alone seniors.
Montfort Care’s chief executive officer Samuel Ng commented: “In the end, it’s not about how much they can absorb from the course, but about having the chance to express themselves and to make friends. The joy you see on their faces makes it all worthwhile.”
Catholic AIDS Response Effort (CARE) also needs continuing funding of their shelter for destitute and homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.
Said executive director Michael Loh: “We started a cottage industry about two years ago where our residents make rosaries, crucifixes and candles which are sold at parishes when our CARE team visits to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
“One of CARE’s residents said he found much peace from making these articles. Our hope is that people do not judge but embrace them as Jesus taught us.”
Even though Charities Week 2015 has ended, those who still wish to donate may do so by making out a cheque to “Caritas Singapore” and mailing it to 55 Waterloo Street #08-01, Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954. Donors who require tax deduction are to provide their NRIC numbers.