KUCHING – The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Conference of St Joseph invited parishioners to a number of activities specially organised for the Lenten season.
On 17 February, about 30 parishioners gathered with SSVP members for a visit to the Sarawak Cheshire Home in Jalan Ong Tiang Swee. On hand to welcome the group were Sr Regina Lachau SSFS, matron of the Home, and her assistant, Sr Bernadine Yong SSFS. Sr Regina gave the visitors a brief overview of the history and services provided in the Home.
At present, the Home has 71 residents, being cared for by 23 staff members. Funds for the daily running of the Home come from private donations and State Government grants.
The visitors went on a tour of the Home and chatted with the residents there.
On 24 February, SSVP members took parishioners on a visit to poor families. The visitors were divided into three groups to cover families residing in Batu Kawa, Kpg Kudei (Pisang Road West), and Kpg Sudat (Penrissen Road) respectively.
Most of the parishioners came with foodstuff, clothing and cash for the families. Some even offered services like a free haircut and massage.
On 2 March, the SSVP organised a blood donation campaign at St Peter’s College Hall. A total of 74 people came forward but only 45 were eligible to donate.
These various activities helped to raise awareness among parishioners of the poor and disabled in society and to give them an opportunity to provide a service to others, in keeping with the Lenten call to works of charity.