Catholic Women Raise A Record $200K In Con­fer­ence

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Catholic Women’s League na­tional pres­i­dent Selina Lee Wah has praised the Catholic women in Fiji fol­low­ing a record-break­ing $200,000 col­lec­tion. It was dur­ing their an­nual con­fer­ence in Lautoka over the past four days. With that, Mrs Lee Wah has set her eyes on see­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion clear­ing out­stand­ing debts and fo­cus­ing on in­vest­ing in a build­ing of their own. Mrs Lee Wah was among more than 1200 Catholic women from around the coun­try who gath­ered at Our Lady of Per­pet­ual Help Par­ish in Lautoka for the an­nual con­fer­ence. She said the high­est amount pre­vi­ously col­lected by the League was just over $100,000 and she was ec­static.

She said the fi­nan­cial sta­tus of the League had never been bet­ter.

She owed this to a strict con­trol of funds and her ded­i­cated team of of­fice bear­ers who all hailed from the North, in­clud­ing her­self.

“It’s pleas­ant to see an in­crease in in­ter­est amongst the Catholic women and es­pe­cially their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­shops that have been or­gan­ised,” she said.

One of the high­lights of the con­fer­ence was the craft com­pe­ti­tion amongst the dif­fer­ent parishes.

Items such as scented oil, mats and hand fans were fea­tured from around the coun­try. “It was good to see the women eco­nom­i­cally-em­pow­ered from the sale of their craft,” she said. With women who had come from the 35 parishes, the gath­er­ing in­cluded the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing which was held yes­ter­day while the soli took place on Satur­day. Mrs Lee Wah said her ma­jor aim was to see Catholic women have their own build­ing. The women will de­part for their homes to­day.

Mrs Lee Wah said her ma­jor aim was to see Catholic women have their own build­ing.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Catholic Women’s League na­tional pres­i­dent Selina Lee Wah.

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