Franciscan nuns still $1.2m short for new convent
They hope 60th anniversary dinner on Saturday will raise enough funds
The Franciscan Sisters, who dedicated decades to serving the needy and vulnerable, are short of $1.2 million for their new home - a two-storey convent in 49, Holland Road.
The nuns, most of whom are in their 70s, are hoping that Saturday's charity dinner, held as part of their order's 60th anniversary, will help raise enough to pay what is left of the building's $4.5 million construction cost.
So far, they have sold 78 of 100 tables. Individual tickets cost $300, $500 and $1,000, while tables are priced at $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000 each.
"Usually we are raising for ministries and our works, never for ourselves," said Sister Marjorie Almodiel, 75, chairman of the fund-raising committee. "But most of us are ageing and we need a place to live that is safe and comfortable. It does not need to be elaborate."
NEED FOR A SAFE, COMFORTABLE HOME
Usually we are raising for ministries and our works, never for ourselves... But most of us are ageing and we need a place to live that is safe and comfortable. It does not need to be elaborate.
- Sister Marjorie Almodiel, chairman of the fund-raising committee for the new convent