KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here hit its target of raising RM250,000.00 for the maintenance of its parish centre on 31 July 2016 at the centre itself.
Fifty-three booths were set up by the various communities, groups and ministries of the cathedral and Church of Mary Immaculate that use the centre and CMI facilities regularly. Others included the Daughters of St Paul, Priests and Seminarians, Shan Tao Kindergarten, St Francis Kindergarten, SM St Francis, SR Sacred Heart, Maktab Nasional, Korean community, Kg Gosusu, Nurses Guild, Secular Carmelites, and Secular Franciscans.
There were varieties of cakes, pies, burgers, ice-cream, ABC, drinks, crackers, pickles, barbeque, and cooked food on sale. Others included fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, second hand goods, virgin coconut oil, ginger honey, bambangan juice, sundries, books and religious articles. There was also a photo booth, games for children, face and hand painting, song requests. Coupons were also sold during the bazaar at several counters.
The three parish pastors did their part too by singing their favourite karaoke hits toward the end of the bazaar. While some individual stalls did not hit their given targets but the efforts of all contributed in meeting the set target. The last fundraising bazaar for the building maintenance was ten years ago. The parish centre was opened in 2000 and its facilities are actually stretched to the maximum over the years.