Ugx130m Raised on BAAFU Climax

Bishop P. Ssemogerere with others walking to another tent to collect the money

On Sunday, October 15, 2017 parishioners, political leaders and other well wishers from within and outside Kasana-Luweero diocese converged at diocesan headquarters to participate in a fundraising for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund. [BAAFU].

Over shs130m was raised as announced by Rev. Fr. Pontiano Ssonko, the diocesan treasurer general at the end of the activity.

According to Fr. Ssonko, shs120m was contributed in cash and more than shs10m in pledges with this being the biggest amount contributed since the fund was started.

The Fund is used by the Diocesan Ordinary to evangelize, contribute tuition for seminarians, helping the needy, renovating churches and addressing issues of Church land.

The fund was started by the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga in 2004. He was then the Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese [pioneer].

The money was contributed by parishioners from the 18 parishes that make up the diocese including: Kasana Cathedral, Katikamu, Kalule, Namaliga, Nandere, Kapeeka, Kijaguzo, Nakaseke, Mijeera, Ngoma, Nakasongola, Kakooge. The others are; Kikyusa, Mulajje, Kasaala, Nattyole, Ziroobwe and Kiwoko.

The others who contributed included politicians Dr John Chrizestom Muyingo the state minister for higher education, Luweero woman MP Lilian Nakate, Luweero district chairman Ronald Ndawula among others.

There were also a number of visitors who wish well for the diocese from both within and outside the diocese covering 3 civic districts Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola.

At the start of the activity, the Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere came from his residence and found the gathering eagerly waiting for him.

He passed by each parish in its respective tent shaking a few hands and waving to those who were seated a bit far.

He also made some simple jokes amid smiles from the gathering.

Meanwhile there was drama when he reached the tent prepared for those from Kakooge Parish but there was no one present. The prelate’s facial expression showed that he had so many questions that needed an answer.

According to Fr Pontiano Ssonko, this year they target shs200m in BAAFU.

“This year our target is shs200m, so far we have collected over 120m. And even the pledges are many,” he said.

Fr. Ssonko said the final collection will be announced on the budget day come December 2017.

Last year, the fundraising saw shs101m collected.

Speaking at the event, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere commended every contributor.

“I would like to thank you for contributing to this fund. Am really joyful that we might hit out target [shs200m] this year by the time our budget day [December] comes basing on how you have contributed,” he said.

Bishop Ssemogerere assured the gathering that the money raised is going to run diocesan activities.

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