Thousands throng Assumption restoration food fair
25 Dec. 2016
Held on December 3 within the church grounds in a carnival-like atmosphere, with about 60 stalls and trucks with a variety of food items, books and even plants and accessories.
Present at the event were restoration committee chairman Fr Gerard Theraviam, fundraising committee chairman John Lau and food fair sub-committee chairman Norman Cox.
Norman, in his opening remarks, thanked all donors, vendors and helpers who had contributed in making the event a rousing success.
“We did not expect the crowds to be so big, and for that, I am really thankful,” he said, while mentioning that more than RM100,000 had been raised through ticket sales.
Fr Gerard hopes that people will continue to support the restoration efforts, so that this historical church will again be able to welcome parishioners, pilgrims and tourists.
He also said that the extensive work which is currently being carried out gives a sense of urgency to the restoration of this iconic landmark within the George Town heritage enclave.
“Hopefully, by this time next year, we will be able to sing our Glorias in this beautiful sanctuary of God,” Fr Gerard said.
The skies finally cleared, and the food fair continued throughout the night with performances presented by the various parishes and groups around Penang Island.
Fr Gerard also belted out two songs, together with the seminarians from College General, and those who were present responded with thunderous applause.
The Church of the Assumption was founded in 1786 as a simple wooden structure on Church Street, and is Malaysia’s second oldest Catholic Church.
The present heritage building on Farquhar Street was built in 1860, with major renovations and extensions last done in 1928.
The Assumption Church restoration committee aims to bring the church back to her former glory, by carrying out extensive repair works and installing new amenities.
Restoration cost is estimated at RM 2.5 million, with the Church contributing RM 500,000 and the balance to be raised from fundraising activities.
Those who wish to contribute towards the restoration of the Assumption Church may visit their website.
The food fair report in the Star online.