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Putatan church holds fundraising bazaar

A section of the people who patronise the bazaar in aid of the Putatan church building fund, SHPC, 23 July 2017.

KOTA KINABALU –  St Catherine Laboure Putatan held its fundraising bazaar at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre here on 23 July 2017.

From 7 am to 3 pm throngs of people came to patronise over 80 stalls set up by volunteers who put in time, effort and energy, selling a wide variety of goods ranging from handicrafts to home-cooked food, used clothing, vegetables, flowers and plants, religious items, books, and toys.

The objective of the bazaar was to raise RM300,000.00 for the completion of the main church building sometime next year.

The chairman of the Steering Building Committee of St Catherine Laboure Putatan would like to convey his appreciation to Sacred Heart Cathedral for allowing them to use the parish centre for the bazaar, all donors for their kind generosity, participants of the bazaar, and those who support them.

Started in 2013, the estimated RM7.3mil four-storey building sits on a 0.8ha land donated by Catherine Moinin in Kampung Imbaan Putatan.

So far RM5.45 million has been raised from various sources. Out of the RM5.1 million raised, RM4.25 million had been spent for the construction.  The balance of RM1.2 million will be exhausted by the end of the year.

Forthcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament in August, raffle ticket sales, and a jogathon.

Further details can be obtained from Stephen Sondoh at 013-8658333. Anyone who wishes to contribute can do so by channelling donations through the appointed members or bank into their bank account at Maybank payable to “RTDKK St. Catherine Laboure Church.” The account number is 510189007514.

Putatan church project is making slow but steady progress, says Catholic Church

1.Archbishop John Wong (seated 2nd from left) is seen on his left with Fr Fundes Motiung, Datuk Stephen Sondoh, and architect Dr Tan Jun Kwang who attended the meeting on Nov 15 at his office in Penampang. Seated at far left is Datuk Joseph Leong, chairman of SOCCOM and standing behind them are members of the technical committee who were present.

Archbishop John Wong (seated 2nd from left) is seen on his left with Fr Fundes Motiung, Datuk Stephen Sondoh, and architect Dr Tan Jun Kwang who attended the meeting on Nov 15 at his office in Penampang. Seated at far left is Datuk Joseph Leong, chairman of SOCCOM and standing behind them are members of the technical committee who were present.

PENAMPANG: The Catholic Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu  said  that the building project for the new St Catherine Laboure church at Kg Dimbaan, Putatan, has made good progress, although at a slow pace dictated by the availability of funds.

“We are pleased to announce that 65 per cent of construction works on the four-storey structure is now complete and we are satisfied with the progress made so far,” the Archdiocese said in a statement released on 17 Nov 2016 by its Social Communications Commission (Soccom) here.

Commenting on recent media reports which among other things stated  that “construction works had ceased for some time,” a spokesman of Soccom said that this was not the case.

“On the contrary, steady progress has been made on the project in the past five months. It is also not true to say that no brick walls were found at the site.

“In fact, brick walls at the ground level and the staircase areas were built in July and plastering of the walls took place later,” he added.

He reported that further progress was made in September and October resulting in the erection of the metal roof trusses and construction of the high entrance structures.

On funding, the Soccom spokesman said that the entire project is expected to cost RM7.3 million. Out of RM4.7 million raised, a sum of RM3.3 million was spent on expenditures up to 31 Aug  2016.

He said the balance of RM1.4 million is now being utilised for the current construction works including building of the roof structure and the tall and grand entrance and bell tower.

“We wish to assure that all government financial allocations are utilised according to established financial mangement procedures. And all expenditures are verified by a technical committee and are closely monitored by the office of the Archdiocese,” the spokesman said.

He said that the last such meetings to monitor development progress and financial matters arising from the implementation of the project was held on Tuesday (Nov 15) in the presence of Archbishop John Wong.

Also present were Fr Fundes Motiung, Rector of St Michael’s Church, Penampang, who initiated the project; Datuk Stephen Sondoh, Chairman of the Steering Church Building Committee; and members of the technical committee.

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Work in progress at the new St Catherine Laboure church at Kg Dimbaan, Putatan.

Datuk Stephen took note of the fact that there is a shortfall of about RM2.6 million in order to meet the costs for the completion of the project.

“Raising funds has always been difficult and slow. Other churches are unable to help much since they have financial commitments of their own,” he said.

“Hence, our construction has been slow largely due to the lack of funds from time to time. Our progress is dependant on the flow of donations and the release of funds by the government that came in batches.

“In addition to the construction of the building, there was also a need for building of the road leading to the site,” the building committee chairman explained.

Members of the technical team are professionals from JK Chartered Architect, Perunding Bina Daya Sdn Bhd, Jurutera Perunding Intelex Sdn Bhd, Perunding KK Bina Sdn Bhd, Mojigoh Surveying Consultants Sdn Bhd, and WBS Contractor Sdn Bhd.

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