KOTA KINABALU – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish here organised its yearly bazaar (parish family day carnival) in aid of the new Catholic Centre building fund on 10 June 2018 at the parish centre.
Fifty-five booths were set up by the various communities, groups and ministries of the cathedral that use the centre’s facilities regularly. Others included the Daughters of St Paul, Priests and Seminarians, Shan Tao Kindergarten, St Francis Kindergarten, SM St Francis Convent, Maktab Nasional, Catholic Nurses Guild, Secular Carmelites, and Secular Franciscans.
There were varieties of cakes, pies, burgers, ice-cream, ABC, drinks, crackers, pickles, barbeque, roasted pork and duck, and cooked food on sale. Others included fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, second-hand items (books, bags, clothes), coconut water, fresh eggs, sundries, toiletries.
There were games for children, bouncing castle (inflatable) for children to play on the stage, photo booth (with cosplayers), face and hand painting, caricature/portrait sketching, song requests. Coupons were sold at several counters.
The parish pastors did their part too by singing their favourite karaoke hits toward the end of the bazaar when the amount reached Rm15,000.00.
At the same time, some of the parishioners also donated blood at the blood donation drive overseen by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in room G1. This is carried out quarterly in the parish.
Out of the estimated RM9.6 million needed to build the Catholic Centre, the cathedral parish has to contribute RM2.5m.
Demolition and site preparation works began on 29 Nov 2018 and completed by May 2018. At press time the workers are still doing the retaining wall facing Tzu Yu Kindergarten.
The building project is scheduled to be completed within 16 months, hopefully by Dec 2019.