Charities Week 2012 raised a total of $5,217,720 at its close.
Although this amount was lower than last year’s $5,564,243, it is “heartening to know that despite the uncertain economy, the Catholic community responded to the call to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters”, says Caritas Singapore Community Council (CSCC).
CSCC, which organises the annual Lenten fundraising campaign, said it would like to thank all donors for their generosity (see chart on left).
Youths from parishes and 26 Catholic schools also participated in this year’s Charities Week.
CSCC, in a press release, noted that children from the catechism classes of the Church of St Teresa emptied their pockets and raised $1,531.24. The youth of Blessed Sacrament Church also conducted a fundraising campaign and raised a total of $24,531.10.
All proceeds will go towards a fund to support the work of CSCC and its member 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.
“Charities Week 2012 would never happen without the many volunteers who came forward to help,” said CSCC, “from wardens distributing the envelopes, parishioners who donated generously to laypeople who helped process the donations received.”
Even though Charities Week 2012 has ended, those who still wish to donate may do so. Make your cheque donations payable to “Caritas Singapore Community Council” and mail to 55 Waterloo Street #09-03, Singapore 187954.
Donors who require tax deduction are to provide their NRIC number and contact details on the back of the cheque.
For more information on Caritas Singapore, visit www.caritas-singapore.org or call 6337 3711.