Caritas Manila holds ‘Alay Kapwa’ fundraiser


Caritas Manila on Monday started its annual Holy Week charity drive dubbed Alay Kapwa Telethon that aims to raise funds to help victims of man-made and natural disasters.

Cash donations can be made to the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. telethon by calling 9257931 to 40, according to Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the archdiocese of Manila. The telethon is aired live by Church-run Radio Veritas.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Catholic faithfuls to make charity a daily part of their lives, not just during the Lenten week.

“This is a Lenten campaign but even if there is no Alay Kapwa program, every day should be charity day. The telethon is just an intensification of a supposedly daily part of our life,” said Tagle in a statement.

“Alay Kapwa is also a way to let suffering people know that they are not alone and forgotten. There are lending hands offering love to them. So, let us help Caritas and branches of the Church in showing the love of Jesus through Alay Kapwa,” the Cardinal added.

Last year, the Alay Kapwa Telethon raised P5 million that went to help families affected by typhoons Agaton, Josie and Ompong; rehabilitation of Marawi City; for indigenous peoples in Mindanao; victims of Mayon volcano eruption; and fire victims of Metro Manila.