A representative from A Call To Share (ACTS) presents Msgr Eugene Vaz with a blanket, one of four types of relief items to be sent to flood victims. Photo: RICHARD KOH

More than 500 people gathered at Novena Church recently for a special Mass to pray for the recovery and well-being of those affected by natural disasters.

Floods caused by typhoons and monsoons have killed many and affected the lives of millions of people in Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Vicar General Msgr Eugene Vaz and Fr Angel Luciano, spiritual director of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI), celebrated the Nov 8 evening Mass.

The event was organised by CHARIS (Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore), its affiliate organisations ACTS, acts29 and Loveseeds, and the Filipino community.

CHARIS says it has pledged aid worth more than $100,000 to Caritas Thailand. This consists of monetary aid of 50,000 euros (S$88,000) and 10 units of water filter systems which can produce clean water for drinking and cooking.

The organisation will also be procuring inflatable dinghies, powered by outboard motors, to assist its Caritas counterparts in reaching out to those in remote and inaccessible submerged villages.

CHARIS director of operations Frederick Foo said he and a volunteer will be heading to Thailand with the supplies.

The organisation has also channelled more than $140,000 worth of essential relief supplies and monetary aid to its Caritas counterparts in Vietnam, Cambodia and Philippines.

Those who wish to contribute to CHARIS’ aid efforts may send a crossed cheque payable to “Humanitarian Aid Fund”, and mail it with their name and address to: CHARIS, 55 Waterloo Street #09-03A, Singapore 187954. Contact Christopher Wee at 6338-0182 or [email protected] for more information.