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Report on the 2011 Lenten Campaign

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign of 2011, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.4 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee said that the collection represented an encouraging increase of some 15 per cent over the previous year. He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed their efforts and sacrifices to help the needy in a positive response to the year’s theme: Love. Give them Hope.

All donations were allocated to various charitable activities, with $481,140 going to 20 parishes for charitable work, $80,300 to 34 Catholic secondary schools for service projects, $500,000 for overseas and local emergency relief and $5,138,560 to six welfare agencies: $4,862,460 to Caritas-Hong Kong; $7,500 to the Faith and Light Community-HK for service to the mentally disadvantaged, $26,000 to St. Camillus Benevolent Association for service to the physically afflicted and people of advanced age; $55,000 to Volunteers of Suffering for Service the Disadvantaged and $180,000 to the Diocesan Reception Group for subsidising the living and travelling expenses of those religious from poor mainland dioceses to who undertake short-term pastoral and liturgy programmes in Hong Kong; and $7,600 to Catholic Secondary Schools North-East New Territories Deanery Council for service to people of advanced age.  

Chan added that the grant to secondary schools was to help the students organise community service projects to promote and deepen the understanding of Lent. 

Details of the 2011 collections and allocations and the report on disbursements of the 2010 grants can be found at the Lenten website: http://lenten.catholic.org.hk.

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