By Joyce Gan

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ON SAT, MAR 25, the Church of St. Anthony parishioners bowled at Orchid Country Club to raise funds for the renovation of their basement and worked towards achieving the Parish Pastoral Council's focus for 2006 - to strengthen family bonds within the parish, all in one morning.

This was organised by the Wardens Ministry. An estimated amount of $450,000 is needed to convert what used to be the car park into a multi-purpose hall. There were a total of 140 participants, from as young as six to as elderly as 65. The groups mostly comprised family members and ministry members.

Grace Lee, who sings at the 9.15am "Shepherd's Voice" choir on Sundays said that signing up for the tournament was a "spontaneous act that [Shepherd's Voice] wanted to do" and that was why they decided to "sign up in force". Her fellow choir member, James Tan, had a simple reason for signing up for this tournament - "I support it because it's our church... our parish," he stated.

Joanna Tan had signed up initially just for the fun of it. However, she confessed that because she had not bowled for a long time, she started to practise three times a week in preparation. Her efforts paid off as she emerged top female bowler. "I thank the Lord that it was a good game," she said.

Although the tournament was organised to raise funds, Richelle Hogan, leader of the organising committee, felt that more was achieved than just fundraising. She shared that "the team felt that the whole event was a fruitful one as there was so much bonding among our bowlers."

There are various activities organised around the parish for this cause, including a walkathon, sales of tiles to be put up on the renovated walls, sales of t-shirts, food and other items, a music concert, and a sponsoring of electrical equipment for the new hall. To date, about $250,000 has been raised. The Wardens Ministry contributed their share of $4,620 after paying off for the expenses incurred.

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