KENINGAU – Keningau Diocese’s 2016 charity dinner was organized to raise funds for the development of Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon (PZKKNS). Over 1,000 people came to the dinner at Dataran Terbuka Keuskupan Keningau on 1 Apr 2016.
Organising chairperson, Maria Kuntou expressed her gratitude to all parishioners who were present that night. She commended their generosity and said that this has enabled the smooth progress of developing the pilgrimage centre. She also thanked Bishop Cornelius Piong for entrusting the organisation of this year’s dinner to her team. She hoped that all who gave generously have experienced the love of God.
In turn, Bishop Piong said the development of the centre has reached 95% in its construction. He also revealed at the same time, that an effort to build a cross-shaped tower of 70 feet height is in process. He hoped that this tower would become an attraction for Keningau Diocese as well as for the whole of Sabah.
He then enlightened the crowd on the spiritual meaning of ‘dinner (having a meal)’. He considered a charity dinner as an appropriate means to raise funds, because in the Catholic faith, ‘having a meal’ means fellowship and togetherness. Bishop Piong further explained that the purpose of attending the charity dinner was not solely to enjoy good food but to give thanks to God for His gifts and sustenance, and in their turn, the people would contribute to the charity purpose of the dinner.
Among the items for that night were lucky draws and singing performances by the diocesan priests, Seminarian David Gasikol and a few parishioners. – Aldrin Benedict