SSVP, Conference of SJB Charity Night
More than 600 people turned up at a dinner organized to raise funds to help the poor. This, the Bishop of Penang said in his speech, was a good sign, as it shows many people are concerned with the welfare of the poor.
The Chinese course dinner was organized by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Conference of St John Britto (SJB). It was held on 6 November at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. They managed to raise RM14,000.00.
Among those present, were SSVP National Council president, Dunstan Dominic, Diocesan Council president, Shirley Neoh and State Council president, Andrew Yong. Joining them were the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Antony Selvanayagam, the parish priest and assistant parish priest of City Parish,Penang(Fr Dominic Santhiyagu and Fr Michael Thoo respectively) and the parish priest of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fr Michael Cheah. The special guest was the assemblyman from Datuk Keramat,Penang, YB Jagdeep Singh Deo.
Dr Elizabeth Anthony, the president of SSVP St John Britto was the first to give a speech before dinner began. She said that the area around St John Britto church is one of the poorest area, so they have a daunting task in seeing to the needs of the poor. Their main aim, she said, is to make the lives of the poor better, She thanked the people for supporting the dinner as they were in a way, helping the SSVP to help the poor lead a good and better lives.
This was echo in YB Jagdeep Singh’s speech when he made a remark that SSVP’s slogan – “Help us to help the poor” is very appropriate, as alone, one can’t do much to help the poor. As thechurchofSt John Brittocomes under his constituency, he promised to help with donations towards the renovation of the church.
Dr Elizabeth’s speech was followed by a speech by the State Council president, Andrew Yong.
Dunstan Dominic, the National Council president congratulated SJB conference members for organizing the dinner and thanked everyone for their support. He also request priests to pray for Vincentians to live out their vocations.
The Bishop too did not forget the priest when he thanked not only Vincentians but priests who have generously support and encourage SSVP works.
“If you look at Matthew 25, 31-46, from the Bible, regarding the Last Judgment” said Bishop. “you’ll realize that SSVP works are a testimony to these. They see Christ in the poor.”
While enjoying their food, the people were kept entertained through-out the dinner with lots of dance performances from the Filipino group, the Golden Girls (ladies over 50 years, resplendent in their nyonya dress), the SJB Youth and a live-band. There was also a lucky draw for table prizes.
– by Lucia Lai
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