The skies of Raiwaqa were dark and rain was accompanying the cold as it looked to be a day better spent indoors with a hot cuppa and your favorite blanket in front of your TV and lazy Saturday movies but the faithful of Raiwaqa Parish turned out braving the rain and cold to raise funds for the Annual Parish Bazaar. BBQ's sizzled and hot cups of Coffee and Tea were plentiful to keep those who turned out nice and warm and they enjoyed a day of fellowship and fun.
The familiar colors again were in display as the different communities of Raiwaqa served up food, displayed their handiwork's and also enjoyed entertainment provided for the day. There was a lot of fun to be had and yet everybody was also focusing on raising funds for the Church especially now that we are all preparing for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations next year and for vital preparations towards this event.
The Ministry of Health which partners with St Pius X Parish on certain programmes aimed at improving not only physical but also mental health were allocated also a tent to provide a platform where they can advocate their message to those who turned out for the Bazaar. They were also given the task of judging and choosing who was the best decorated stall while also being aligned with the theme of "Moving Forward with Faith and Good Health". The winner of the Best Stall was given to Saint Columban Community 5B Vatuwaqa.
All different Communities are to also have with them a different item and this year the Best item was by Saint Joseph the Worker Community 2. Many thanks to the young people of Saint Joseph the Worker Community 2 for the initiative given to this creative display of talent.
As the Bazaar drew to a close, the total of all Fundraising for all Communities were announced and a total of 7 Communities reached the Target. The most improved community for the year was St Jacob 7A who this year raised $4604. The winner of the Bazaar Fundraising for 7 years in a row was again "St Columban Community 5B" who this year raised $11,182.35
The total raised for the Bazaar is $62,025.15
This result was a great sacrifice on your part – all you who committed to this year’s annual Parish Bazaar. The end result amazed us all. To all you who made the effort, The Parish Team and Financial Council are grateful and thank you most sincerely.. Fr. John McEvoy (Parish Priest)
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