Charities Week 2021
Response to Charities Week 2021 as One Body of Christ
With the pandemic hitting the global economy hard, we at Caritas Singapore (Caritas) began our annual fundraiser , Charities Week, with some apprehension. The staff of Caritas wondered if the 2021 campaign, which ran from Feb 27 to May 9, would be able to raise enough to support the growing needs of the vulnerable and marginalised in our community.
But we need not have feared. We were humbled by the generosity and the spirit of solidarity that shone through our Catholic family. New and current donors came together to support the last, the lost and the least in society; through their contributions, a total of over 7.1 million was raised.
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
Covid-19 has affected many lives in more ways than we can imagine. More people are seeking financial and emotional support during this very challenging time. With the funds raised we will ensure that all those in need receive the necessary support. We will continue to identify gaps and bring relevant and critical services to meet the emerging needs of the community.
Our Executive Director Ms Christine Wong says: “Truly a heartfelt thank you from the Caritas Singapore family to our donors for giving us the opportunity to continue our work in the community. Your spirit of generosity and compassion is both encouraging and inspiring, serving as fuel for our journey ahead! This era of Covid-19 has showed us that the way forward is to care for one another. The support you have given us allows us to reach out to more in need.”
“But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)
This year, we also embarked on a new initiative during Charities Week to engage the faithful by launching four short reflection videos on the theme of #OneBody. The videos, featuring sharings by Monsignor Ambrose Vaz, Friar Aiden Peter, OFM, and Fr Stanley Goh, SJ, aimed to encourage Catholics to grow in their faith by understanding the Catholic Social Teachings that form the foundation of the Church’s social mission.
Let us carry the baton forward and be filled with the same missionary zeal of our early missionaries who were dedicated to caring for and serving those in need in Singapore!
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