Caritas Singapore’s annual archdiocesan Lenten campaign, Charities Week 2018, raised $6.5 million, exceeding last year’s amount by more than $480,000.

Caritas Singapore, the archdiocese’s social mission arm, is the umbrella body of 25 Catholic charities serving more than 50,000 beneficiaries from among the poor and vulnerable. It runs more than 70 programmes ranging from psychotherapy to residential care, legal advice and family health.

“Charities Week remains our main annual source of funds to support our 25 Catholic charities,” said fundraising committee chairman Paul Beh. “It is indeed heart-warming to see fellow Catholics and the larger community faithfully answering the call to love and reach out to those in need.”

Fundraising staff member Pamela Lim gave special thanks “to all the parish priests who made huge efforts to announce and promote Charities Week during weekend Masses throughout the Lenten season”.

Caritas executive director Bernadette Lau also thanked the team of volunteers for their support and assistance in the collection, counting and checking of the Charities Week envelopes.

“Without them, we would not have been able to complete the process within 10 weeks of the Charities Week campaign.

We thank God for their contributions and selfless giving,” she said.

The collections for Charities Week were done in collaboration with Catholic Welfare Services, a Caritas member organisation.

For more information on Caritas Singapore, visit www.caritas-singapore.org

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