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Secondary 3 confirmands of the Church of the Holy Cross at Boys’ Town for Project G.O.D.

Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort, the French priest, who founded the religious congregations of the Daughters of Wisdom and the Company of Mary, once said, “Those whom the world rejects must move you the most.” Serving brothers and sisters in need is one way of standing in solidarity with them.

Secondary 3 confirmands of the Church of the Holy Cross were reminded of this when they embarked on the parish’s annual Project G.O.D (Gift of One Dollar) event which aimed to engage them in social mission work after their confirmation.

Boys’ Town, which provides residential care, youth outreach, fostering, community and school-based programmes for families, children, and youth-in-need, was selected as the beneficiary of the project.

On Nov 3, the confirmands visited the Boys’ Town premises at Upper Bukit Timah Road for a tour to give them a deeper understanding of the charity’s mission. They played games, sang songs and worked on fundraising plans for the project with some of the boarders.

The Project G.O.D fair, held on Dec 2 at Holy Cross Church, was the main fundraising event. The confirmands used their gifts and talents in different areas such as media, entertainment, food preparation and logistics for the fundraising project.

They worked with various parish ministries such as Edify, the parish’s youth group, the Golden Disciples, Holy Cross’ seniors community, and parent volunteers. Parish Priest Father Henry Siew also sang songs to help contribute to the
fundraising.

A total of $23,199 was raised from both the fair and a special one-weekend Mass collection. The money was given to Boys’ Town in January this year.

Here are what some confirmands shared about their
experience:

The most enjoyable part was bonding with my group members while working on our designs for our banner and posters. Our trip to Boys’ Town further motivated us to know some of the boys. One of them was very shy but when we encouraged him to work on a poster, he came up with a great design. I realise that everyone is unique – from different backgrounds and have different stories – and we learn to accept each other as brothers and sisters.
– Elizabeth Tan

The fair was enjoyable. We hoped to raise as much as funds as possible for our beneficiary; so even though it was difficult, all of us did our best to perform well. I have learnt that there are people who need our help and we should help them not just financially, but also in whatever way we can.
– Olivia Yuen

A really enjoyable moment was when I was trying to sell Japanese curry with my parents at the fair. It was not as popular as the rest of the food on sale, but our perseverance paid off. I also saw the generosity of our parishioners who really wanted to help Boys’ Town. My logistics group took charge of setting up the chairs, booths, and we also helped in washing dishes and preparing dough for the baking team.
– Ethan Goh

Places like Boys’ Town have a mission to carry out God’s work and help those in need. This made me realise that I should also do the same in my daily life. And from my visit to Boys’ Town, I have learnt that despite their situation at home, the boys were cheerful and were always cracking jokes that made us laugh. I hope I can continue doing God’s work in my own small ways and to grow closer to Him.
– Sharmaine Mina

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