Charities Week 2011 raised a record $5,564,243, says Caritas Singapore Community Council.

It not only surpassed last year’s donations but also came at a time of the unprecedented Japanese disasters which saw many in Singapore donating to the cause, said Caritas.

“It is heart-warming to know that Catholics are giving more to help the poor and needy in our midst,” said a press statement from the official social and community arm of the Singapore archdiocese.

Proceeds from the annual fundraising campaign will aid organisations such as the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Boys’ Town Singapore, Catholic AIDS Response Effort, Catholic Welfare Services, Family Life Society, Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres, Marine Parade Family Service Centre, Morning Star Community Services, the Roman Catholic Prison Ministry, CHARIS, CLARITY and ABLE.

The money will enable these organisations to run their social service programmes, says Caritas.

Although Charities Week 2011 has come to a close, those who wish to donate to these organisations can still do so. Make cheque donations payable to “Caritas Singapore” and mail to: 55 Waterloo Street, #09-03 Singapore 187954. Donors who require tax deduction should indicate this on the back of the cheque and also provide their NRIC number and contact details.

For more information on the charity organisations, visit www.caritas-singapore.org or call 6337-3711.

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