CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Caritas thanks its supporters

HONG KONG (SE): At a simple ceremony held in the Caritas Community Hall at its offices in Caine Road on May 12, Caritas thanked those who have worked to support its social services over the past year and presented recognition awards to groups that were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its city-wide Bazaar Season.
A short video featuring historic footage of bazaars dating back to 1963 was shown to the 200 or so people present, showing the continued popularity of the public appeal that Caritas makes annually to the people of the city, partly as a fundraiser and mostly as a witness to the need for everyone to be involved in the making a healthy society.
Peter Leung Ming-hym, the deputy chief executive of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) and amember of the Caritas Fundraising Committee, presented the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, with the completed accounts of Caritas for 2016.
Representatives of groups that had organised stalls for the five bazaars in Victoria Park, Kowloon, the New Territories, Cheung Chau and Shatin that had been judged the best or most successful out of the hundreds that were set up were recognised for their efforts.
They came from schools, parishes, hospitals and other Catholic institutions, as well as social clubs, private and corporate organisations.
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung thanked those who had participated and congratulated them on their dedication to the support of those members of society that need some extra support in order to cope with life.
The bazaar season is a statement that there is no one with so little they cannot give something and recipients of services from Caritas social outreach centres also offer their support.
As sports coaches like to say, “There is no gain without pain…” and Caritas seeks to walk the hard road, as it understands that no social outreach is complete without the human touch and, by seeking partners in its work rather than onlookers, it is a witness to the life of the Church in society, which proclaims its message while getting its hands dirty.

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