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Lay people start youth fund-raiser
Lack of money has become an obstacle to young people‚Äôs activities and programsYouths normally ‚Äėsing for money‚Äô after Masses in various churches in Jakarta
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- April 4, 2011
‚ÄúThe movement aims to collect money that will be used to fund programs in fields of education, health, economics, social and media,‚ÄĚ movement coordinator Jeffry Dompas, said after the official launch on April 2 at Jakarta‚Äôs Catholic University of Atma Jaya.
He said that they seek more financial resources because the sum donated by Jakarta archdiocese was inadequate to support the entire formation program.
‚ÄúFinance has become an obstacle to young people‚Äôs activities organized to enhance their skills,‚ÄĚ Dompas added.
The ‚ÄúThousands Love Movement‚ÄĚ aims to collect 1,000 rupiah (about US$0.10) from anyone, and since its introduction early last month, the committee has collected 30 million rupiahs (US3,488).
‚ÄúWe choose 1,000 rupiah because this is the amount any one can donate,‚ÄĚ he said.
Father Bernardus Mardiatmadja, in his homily, encouraged people to continue to contribute even though it is small.
His concern was echoed by Father Dominikus Kusumawanta, who is participating in the movement, saying that everyone should support it, because it will really help young people.
One young man, Kristoforus Aprianto, welcomed the movement. ‚ÄúSo far, we collected money by singing in front of churches and organizing bazaars to pay for our discussion, outbound, recollection and retreat programs in our parishes and universities,‚ÄĚ he acknowledged.
He later thanked the lay group for launching the movement.