Catholic Welfare Services chairman Br Emmanuel and a Pertapis member giving out food packages to beneficiaries of the Care & Share charity event.Catholic Welfare Services chairman Br Emmanuel and a Pertapis member giving out food packages to beneficiaries of the Care & Share charity event.Muslim-based welfare organisation Pertapis and Catholic Welfare Services joined hands in providing food packages and cash to 500 needy families recently.

Of these families, who received assistance during the July 14 Care & Share event held at Joo Chiat Complex, 30 were under the care of Catholic Welfare Services (CWS).

Beneficiaries received a month’s supply of household provisions such as rice, sugar, sardines, Milo, coffee, tea and instant noodles.

They were also given some cash to cover taxi fare as the food supplies made up three large plastic bags.

In his opening address, Pertapis president Hussaini Abdullah said he hopes to work closely with Br Emmanuel, chairman of Catholic Welfare Services, and expressed appreciation for the collaboration.

“Though we are of different ethnic groups, we have one thing in common – the spirit of compassion and care for the needy in the community,” said Mr Hussaini.

“Pertapis and Catholic Welfare Services’ collaboration for this charity today is exemplary, I congratulate them for the partnership,” said guest-of-honour, Mr Seng Han Thong, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, in his speech.

One CWS beneficiary told CatholicNews, “I’m very grateful for the help I’ve been getting from Catholic Welfare Services. The help I receive definitely makes a real difference in my life.”

By Martin See
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