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Giving session marks Bethune House’s 31st

08 October 2017

More than 130 individuals and organizations turned out to extend financial help to the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge when it celebrated the 31st anniversary of its founding on Sept 17 at Chater Road in Central.

The donors came with their cans and receptacles for the coins they saved over several months as part of the 2017 “Coins for Bethune” campaign, a fundraising effort started six years ago.

According to Bethune House’s Esther Bangcawayan, a total of 137 cans were submitted during the event. However, nearly the same number of cans have yet to be turned over by the various groups and individuals who asked for them to help raise fund for the shelter.

Bethune House benefectors reel in the contributions under their “Coins for Bethune Project.

Bangcawayan appealed to those still holding on to their cans to submit them as soon as possible so the public tally of the donations could be held as planned within the month.

The donors joined thousands of other supporters who turned up on Chater for the celebration, including employer-employee awardees in the inaugural “Home Sweet Home” project of the shelter’s mother organization, the Mission for Migrant Workers.

Also in the crowd were migrants who took advantage of the free services provided by groups taking part in the Mission’s quarterly “Care to Caregivers” program.

Bethune’s executive director Edwina Antonio thanked all those who continue to help the shelter meet the needs of migrant women in distress who have been seeking their help for more than three decades.

Bethune not only provides them three meals a day, but also helps them with their court cases and accompanies them to hospitals for medical treatments.

As part of the fundraising effort for Bethune House’s 31st anniversary, a charity dinner and auction was set to be held on Sept 30 at the Kowloon Union Church in Jordan.

Those who want to donate to Bethune House could call 9488 9044 or 97110 1673 or email to

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