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Catholics raise cash for Indonesian disaster fund

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta

Updated: November 09, 2010 06:10 AM GMT
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Young workers who raised money for disaster victims are playing games at their anniversary celebration
Young workers who raised money for disaster victims are playing games at their anniversary celebration
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A group of young Catholic workers  have collected money to help people affected by three natural disasters to  hit Indonesia recently. About 150 members of the Jakarta Archdiocese’s Catholic Young Workers’ Community (KKMK-KAJ) community were able to collect 4,146,500 rupiah (about US$466) to aid victims of floods and mudslides in West Papua, the tsunami in West Sumatra and the Merapi volcano eruption in Yogyakarta and Central Java. “This social action is part of the community’s missions,” said F. FX. Jongky Sutiono, community’s coordinator, as they wanted to show young workers’ concern for the victims. Pauline Widya Nugraheni from Christ the Savior Church of Slipi in west Jakarta said  the collection “encourages us to be united,”  and expressed the hope that the community will also visit the victims to console them. The money was collected during the community’s 26th anniversary celebration on Nov. 7 at St. Ignatius Church of Jalan Malang in Jakarta, which included talk shows and games. “I am very proud of these young workers’ ability to collect millions of rupiah. This is great,” said Istoto Surhayoto, the event spokesperson. He said the archdiocesan community, established on Nov. 4, 1984, has three ideals, namely professionalism, spirituality and sociality. “This sociality aims to sharpen the sensitivity of the community’s members,” he added. Related reports Catholics to focus on post-disaster help Students raise money for Indonesia disasters IJ11906.1627

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