SINGAPORE – Charities Week 2010 closed with a slight increase in donations raised as compared to the previous year, totalling at $4,678,113. Amid fragile economic conditions, the broader Catholic community continued to donate even more, as part of their Lenten giving in support of the Church’s charitable efforts. Last year’s collections totalled $4,488,132.

This annual archdiocesan fundraising campaign provides the much needed funding to the Catholic charities and organisations under the umbrella of Caritas Singapore.

These include Boys’ Town Singapore, Catholic Welfare Services, Family Life Society, Catholic AIDS Response Effort, Morning Star Community Services, Marine Parade Family Service Centre, Roman Catholic Prison Ministry, and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

The donations raised will support these organisations in their programmes for the poor and those in need, and also fund new outreach services currently underway which seek to fill gaps which are not served by the Church.

Even though Charities Week 2010 has come to a close, Caritas Singapore will continue to receive donations throughout the year. Those who would like to donate can make a cheque payable to “Caritas Singapore” and mail it to 55 Waterloo Street #09-03, Singapore 187954.

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