Charites
Source: Caritas Singapore

This year’s Archdiocesan Lenten campaign, Charities Week 2017, has raised $6.07 million, exceeding the amount raised last year by $241,000.

Caritas Singapore, the archdiocese’s social mission arm, noted that despite Singapore’s uncertain economic outlook, many Catholic families, friends, businesses and schools donated generously in support of the charities and groups that come under Caritas’ umbrella.

These groups serve more than 50,000 beneficiaries from among the poor and vulnerable, running more than 70 programmes that range from residential care and psychotherapy to palliative care and emergency sheltering.

Caritas Singapore’s fundraising committee chairman Paul Beh acknowledged the encouraging support Caritas received from businesses and individuals for this year’s campaign.

“The funds we collect will be channelled to the most needy, and towards programmes that provide them with holistic development, empowering them to break the poverty cycle, so thank you all for your generous support,” he said.

Caritas Singapore’s executive director Bernadette Lau also expressed her appreciation for the help given by 25 volunteers who assisted with the counting, checking and collection of some 13,000 envelopes from parishes and schools.

Their efforts were done in collaboration with Catholic Welfare Services, a Caritas member organisation.

The volunteers did the work over 10 weeks, and many, said Ms Lau, have been helping with the annual fundraising drive since a decade ago.

“Their enthusiasm and commitment made the operations of this massive campaign a smooth and well-coordinated effort. I truly thank God for this group of steadfast volunteers,” she added.

The volunteers also expressed their gratefulness for being able to contribute in their own way towards Caritas’ work for the poor.

“It’s gratifying to see the generosity of donors every year,” they said in a statement. “Our participation in Charities Week is our way of giving thanks to God for all the blessings in our lives!”

To find out more about Caritas Singapore, visit caritas-singapore.org or call 6338-3448.

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