MARACHA. The finance committee of Nyadri Catholic Parish in Maracha district has launched a fundraising drive to get about shs100m needed to complete the construction of their Church.

So far over shs400m raised locally and from overseas donors has been spent to build the thick walls and purchase of metallic tie beams and green galvanized corrugated iron sheets for roofing.

The committee that is sitting monthly until the climax of the fundraiser expected to be presided by President Yoweri Museveni.

The Parish Priest Fr. Jimmy Apangu told the West Nile Web in an interview on Thursday that their last committee sitting on Sunday resolved to reschedule the grand fundraising occasion from March to September 1, 2019.

He cited inadequate preparation and alleged reluctance from Christians to contribute towards Church building as reasons for rescheduling.

Fr. Apangu directed that each of the ten chapels constituting Nyadri Parish should organize teams to conduct local collections of funds.

They are to charge shs1, 000 per every child below ten years, shs2, 000 per child above ten years of age; youths are to pay shs3, 000 and adults are expected to pay shs5, 000 upwards.

The finance committee expects each civil servant in the area to contribute at least shs20, 000 while the central organizing committee for the grand fundraiser is to pay shs50, 000.

Previous collection exercises in three chapels generated shs529, 200 but the finance committee has banned individual Churches from fundraising for other activities as a way of boosting contributions towards the parish church construction.

“Where we have reached we need more money, each Christian should contribute generously because we need money for interior plastering, wiring, fitting windows and doors and for furniture,” Fr. Apangu pleaded.

The chairperson for the central organizing committee Mr Lawrence Adiga called on the pastoral agents and finance committee from the chapels and the Parish centre to remind the Christians every Sunday to support the project.

“We should combine our efforts in building this Parish at the heart of the district so that it looks decent,” Adiga said.

The organizing committee also agreed to broaden their membership to include at least 10 members from every chapel while making the catechists and chapel finance committee as automatic members.

Others to be co-opted include the head teachers and teachers from the catchment institutions like Meki, Azipi, Aluma and Bura primary schools, Nyadri urban Secondary School, Paradise nursery and primary and Blessed Junior among others.