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SANDAKAN – With more than 250 Catholic faithful turning up for the “Movie Night” on 31 Oct 2015, the fund raising activity for Sabah Youth Day-4 by the Sandakan youth at the pastoral centre here was a thumping success. The movie “Mom’s Night Out” was chosen for its messages of gratitude and joy. The movie is not only about mothers and women, but offers these messages to all levels of community.
It is about a mother who is upset with her life, it is her dream to be a good wife and a good mother. She has everything she needs; a good husband, children, relationship with God but all these are not enough for her. The message is that we have to always be grateful, enjoy and appreciate the things and people God has put in our life, and to find joy in every chaos. This is enough.
Selling of movie tickets was held over a four-week span from 3-31 Oct, which the youths said that it had given them many good and bad experiences. The fund-raising movie tickets were sold at RM300, RM200, RM100, RM50 and RM30, which they claimed was not an easy task. Thanks to God’s grace through prayers and zeal, it had given the organising team perseverance to carry through their fundraising activity.
The organizing team thanked all sponsors for their support and kindness. Bishop Julius Gitom, Fr Thomas Makajil, Fr Phillip Anthony Muji, Fr Sunny Chung, Deacon Stanley William Matakim and religious sisters had also lent a helping hand to the youths in this noble effort.
The team is also in the process of identifying 300 youths from all over Sandakan Diocese to be ‘Rakan Belia’ during the one-week event in Tawau. Rakan Belia will help the organising team to establish an environment where the participants will feel at home, and to journey with them through all the sessions. Therefore, a faith formation programme called ‘Kem Rakan Belia SYD4’ has been scheduled on Nov 23-26 in Holy Trinity Tawau. – Cynthia Anros