Source: CARITAS SINGAPORESource: CARITAS SINGAPORECharities Week 2016 closed on May 6 with a total collection of more than $5.8 million, matching 2015’s collection (see chart). 

Despite an increasingly challenging economic outlook and numerous fundraising events, Catholics, their families and friends have banded together, to generously support this annual campaign, said Caritas Singapore.

Charities Week is the annual archdiocesan fundraising campaign organised during Lent every year by Caritas Singapore, the social and community arm
of the Catholic Church in Singapore.

Caritas leads and coordinates 24 Catholic charities, and serves more than 50,000 people, regardless of race, religion or nationality.

“We are elated by the show of support,” said Mr Tan Cheng Han, Caritas Singapore’s fundraising chairman. “Thank you very much to all donors. We expected that it would be difficult to match the 2015 collection, much less look forward to any growth. With God’s grace, we did well. I am very happy with the amount raised.”

Caritas executive director Bernadette Lau said: “The funds collected will enable us to continue to live out the social mission of the Church, serving all in need.”

Donations collected during the Charities Week campaign will be used to fund the operations of Caritas Singapore, Agape Village, member organisations, programmes and services.

Most recently, these include support for adults with intellectual and development disabilities by Mamre Oaks, art therapy to help with the mental and emotional well-being of individuals by Clarity Singapore, and other community programmes such as computer literacy for seniors.

More are in the pipeline.

In all, an estimated total amount of $8.5 million is required for 2016, said Caritas Singapore.

The remaining amount will be raised through other initiatives including the Caritas Singapore Charity Golf Tournament 2016 to be held on Aug 24 and the Down Memory Lane 6 Charity Dinner to be held on Oct 1.

More information is available at caritas-singapore.org or call 6338-3448.


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