Daily Archives:July 25th, 2017

Walk the talk, reduce wastage of food

Ramadan has just ended. Mainstream media have reported that “food waste had hit a peak during the final week of Ramadan when large quantities of untouched food packets were disposed of mercilessly. Photographs of heaps of uneaten food, in a wink, went viral on social media.” (Bernama)

Food wastage happens when too many are feeding the homeless without an organised system. Along with food wastage, other problems like cleanliness, uneven distribution of aid, health problems like food poisoning are created.

Rightly observed, what we need is “a more systematic way to distribute food to the target groups. Only then can food waste be curbed.”

Much has been said from many quarters. “Instead of paying lip service to this issue, they should walk the talk. They don’t have to wait until the next Ramadan or festive season.”

Take for example, Minu Pauline, a restaurant owner from Kochi, in southern India, recently made news headlines, not for her culinary expertise, but her awe-inspiring generosity. She maintains a fully stocked, unlocked refrigerator outside her restaurant, filled with free fresh meals for the homeless.

The fridge is always stocked with about 50 packets of freshly cooked food from the restaurant, for people to reach for when they are hungry.

Minu has two concerns though: 1) She may get sued if someone gets sick from eating her food; 2) her restaurant often doesn’t have the space to store leftover food while they are waiting for agencies to pick it up. Food banks may not have the capacity to transport or properly store the food, especially if it’s highly perishable. Furthermore, often she simply doesn’t even know where to donate their leftover food.

There is no reason or excuse for there to be even one starving person on this Earth in this day and age. The only missing ingredient is our collective willpower to come together and create the changes we all know the world needs, Minu opines.

Minu insists that their idea is to use what you already have, to donate the food that you might waste. She says that her restaurant bears the cost of the fridge and the electricity, and keeps it open for 24 hours a day, every day.” – Truthforfree

Tambunan choir organises workshop for Beaufort choir members

BEAUFORT – Sixty choir members of St Valentine Beaufort and its outstation KUK – mostly youths -participated in a one-day choir workshop organised by 25 members of St Theresa Tambunan Choir on 24 June 2017.

The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the importance of serving in the church choir, to provide the right vocal production techniques, and the proper voice harmonisation of the choir.

The organisers took the opportunity to serve as the choir for the Sunset Mass on June 24 and for the Sunday Mass on June 25 at St Valentine Church. They headed back to Tambunan right after the Sunday Mass. Simon Tay

Sandakan youth prepares for MCCSD-2

TAWAU – Nine youths prepared themselves with a day of recollection on 17 June 2017 before participating in the second Malaysian Catholic Campus Students Day (MCCSD) in Penang.

Anna Amandus, coordinator of the Youth Apostolate Commission, organised the recollection at the Holy Trinity Church here.

She invited the youths to discern their purpose of going to the MCCSD based on John 17:21-23 – also the theme of the MCCSD – That They May Be One.

Amandus encouraged them to bring home one concrete idea to be implemented in the Campus Student Ministry (CSM) in their respective parishes.

Esther Albert, also serving in the ministry, explained the structure and functions of the CSM as well as its importance as a service offered by the church to the young people.

The MCCSD would be held on 23-27 June 2017 in Penang with participation from all Malaysian dioceses. DOSPO

Youth programme carried out in three outstation chapels

LIMBAHAU – Belia Masuk Kampung (BMK) programme involving 53 youths from Limbahau parish was carried out in three outstation chapels of St Nicholas Molonsi, St Anthony Bolotikon and St Theresa of Avilla Kogopon on 8-10 June 2017.

The BMK programme required long-distance walking from one chapel to another one. So far,  all those who signed up for the programme had shown their commitment to bring the Good News to each village that they were going.

Sandra, one of the participants, said she has never imagined she would walk such a long way especially to a new place.

“Actually, I didn’t expect that we would be walking from Bolotikon to Molonsi and back to Bolotikon again then to Kogopon (all in three days). At first, I thought I would not be able to walk that far but along the journey, I was happy and enthusiastic to reach the place and share the Good News,” said Sandra.

The youths also had the opportunity to visit a few families who have left the church for a long time due to certain factors, for example, their remote location far inside the interior. One of the families said they were grateful and happy for the visit by the youths who shared the Good News with them.

One of those visited acknowledged that it was not easy to go back to the church after a long leave.  He said it needed an open heart and cooperation from those concerned.Elsa Andrew & Dazsler Nigel Jerry

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