There was joyousness, ululation and thumbs-up among faithful of St Pius X Catholic Parish (Blantyre Archdiocese) when it was announced that the thanksgiving PaperSunday for the last quarter of 2013 had raised over K2.2 million.
The church had targeted K1.8 million but the congregants contributed about K2, 205 927 beating its mark by 23 percent.
However, the centre of attention was on best performers, St Don Bosco Ward (Mphakati), who beat their target by an amazing 265 percent.
Target contribution for the ward, which covers part of Manja, Kwacha, Soche Police and Soche Central Areas, is K90 000 but the members there raised K328 370 to successfully defend the trophy for giving the highest.
St Don Bosco had been winning the trophy in all the three other quarters of 2013.
Out of the 22 wards, 12 failed to reach their target while the remaining 10 attained their targets by contributing beyond what they were asked.
The second best performer award went to St Maria Goretti who were also crowned the most improved ward. They beat their target (K65 000) by 218 percent after giving to the church K206 490.
St Rita Ward came third after beating their K110 000 target by 71 percent and contributed K188 490.
The worst performers for the quarter were St Patrick’s ward who miserably failed to reach their mark by 93 percent. Their target is K65 000 but they only managed to realise K4 290.
While encouraging the congregation to continue giving towards God’s work, St Don Bosco Ward Chairperson Oswald Mumba attributed the achievement to the harmony that exists among the members of the ward.
“This is wonderful that the ward has been winning the trophy in all the quarters this year, this only shows how united Christians of St Don Bosco are when it comes to giving to the church,” said the cheery Mumba who is also chairperson of St Pius X Parish Fundraising Committee.
The Parish has been conducting various fundraising initiatives such as the Paper Sunday to complete its multi-purpose hall which is currently in its final stages and has been fully constructed through parishioners’ contributions.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :