KPG JAMBU (Padawan) – An earth-breaking ceremony was held on 20 December at the site of the new St Mary Magdalen’s Church under St Ann’s Parish.
Those present at the ceremony included Friar Gerard Victor OFM (Rector of the Parish), Brigadier General Datuk S Jeyabalan (Commander of the Third Malaysian Infantry Brigade), Daniel Jita Satum (Chairman of the Kampung), Robert Josem (Chairman of St Ann’s Parish Council) and the Church Building Committee members.
The ground leveling work on the three-acre site is being done under the ‘Projek Jiwa Murni’. The Church Building Committee Chairman, Paul Ponar Sinjeng, said that to date, about RM150,000.00 has been raised. The Committee intends to organise dinners, a-ringgit-a-brick campaign and a joggerthon to raise more funds to meet the estimated cost of the new church of about RM500,000.
Earlier that day Mambong MP Dato James Dawos Mamit handed over a cheque of RM50,000 to the church building committee while Bengoh Assemblymen Dr Jerip Susil pledged RM10,000.
The Church is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
Daniel Jita Satum