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posted Jul 26, 2012, 7:11 PM by admin villapaulos   [ updated Nov 7, 2013, 6:44 PM ]

RM100,000 raised for home


Dinner raises funds for the construction of a double-storey building extension to Villa Paulos

  JOHOR BARU: A CHARITY dinner was held at the Zon Regency Hotel, here, recently,  to raise funds for the construction of a double-storey building extension to Villa Paulos, the first Catholic charity home in Johor Baru.

    An extension that can house up to 30 children will enable Villa Paulos to accommodate more needy children in separate boys' and girls' dormitories.

  "The estimated cost to build the double-storey extension is RM400,000," said Paul Netto, chairman of the board, adding that the dinner raised  RM100,000, an amount short of their targeted RM150,000.

  The sum of RM17,000 was raised from an auction during the dinner while a cheque for RM10,000 was presented by Chia Song Cheng, the assemblyman of Pengkalan Rinting.

  At the moment, Villa Paulos is home to 21 boys and girls aged between 7 to 16, who are cared for by three full-time staff and one administrator with the help of volunteers who provide tuition, counselling, medical and other essential needs.

  Villa Paulos is housed in an old bungalow at Jalan Mariamah that was donated by the late Goh Lum Eng in 2008, entrusted under the care of Bishop Paul Tan S.J. the Bishop of Malacca-Johor Diocese and managed by board members.

  Villa Paulos is a registered non-profit, voluntary welfare organisation incorporated in 2008 as a shelter for neglected, exploited, abused, abandoned and orphaned children.

  The home is run entirely on public funds and in addition to caring for the children, Villa Paulos also provides monthly financial aid to more than 30 low-income families in  Johor Baru.

  The fundraiser was attended by some 660 guests that included guest of honour, Chia, Bishop Paul Tan, Monsignor Sebastian Francis, Bishop Elect of Penang Diocese, and Rev Father Michael Mannayagam, the spiritual director of Villa Paulos.

Read more: RM100,000 raised for home - Johor - New Straits Times