A happy Holy Spirit parishioner poses for a shot while at work to raise funds. The total amount collected in Singapore parishes for the victims of the Oct 8 earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmiri India stands at S$300,594.89 on Dec 13. Cheques are still being received.

SINGAPORE - On Sunday Nov 27, people ate, played games and shopped at the Church of the Holy Spirit to raise funds for the Pakistani earthquake victims. Almost $12,000 was collected for these victims through these activities.

This "Fund Fair" known as the "Mosaic of Hope - Rebuild their Worlds, Restore their Hope", was jointly organised by the Focolare Movement and the Outreach Ministry from the Church of the Holy Spirit.

In October, the two ministries (together with the Church of St. Anthony's parishioners) had jointly organised "Run4Unity" in Batam for the youths in Singapore to interact with youths of different cultures, as part of the International United World Week movement (CN, Oct 30).

To nurture these seeds of unity that have been planted during "Run4Unity", the organizers contacted some Muslim friends of the Focolare Movement with the intention to co-organise and co-host "Mosaic of Hope".

"The idea was for youths from different religions to come together to work for a common good," Edmund Ooi, co-ordinator of the Focolare Movement said. Unfortunately, the date for this event was unsuitable for the Muslim youths due to their prior commitment. They still visited the parish for the day though.

"The Church of the Holy Spirit was very generous in offering the usage of the canteen and facilities," Edmund added. Stalls were set up around the church and manned mostly by people from Focolare as well as the Outreach and RCIA ministries from the Holy Spirit parish.

"Mosaic of Hope" coincided with Archbishop Nicholas Chia's appeal for parishes to make a special collection for the victims in Pakistan.

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