As mentioned, a separate page dedicated to our sponsors who didn’t hesitate to share their blessings to these kids. We were overwhelmed with the response and some of them were friends of our friends. Truly we are grateful for their big heart.
First and foremost, thank you to the FMA Sisters/Salesian Community for approving our Birthday Project to be held on their grounds, Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa. To the Sisters, most especially to Sr. Ailyn, in-charge with the Oratories and Sr. Carmen who helped me during the planning and on the day preparations, thank you so much! During the event, Ms. Recci, my Grade 6 Adviser, was there to join and help us go about with our event. It was such a heart-warming experience to be back and see former teachers again.
Our major sponsor for the event was The Center for Culinary Arts Manila. They were very much willing and kind enough to sponsor the food for the street children. They not only prepared for the kids but also included the volunteers to taste their recipe made with love. They even had loot bags for the kids too!
Thank you to all those who signed up in our “Sign up for a Cause” campaign. Your participation means a lot to us. We had more than 500 names who supported our endeavor. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Thank you Lovely Hollera, Marketing Officer of CCA Manila who is also my former bus mate for accommodating us in your busy schedule. May the CCA Team be blessed for having a generous and compassionate heart.
We also would like to thank all who donated in kind. Indeed, we appreciate everything we got no matter how big or small it is. To enumerate:
- 10 dozens of Pastel from Dr. Viel Vincent Jose
- 15 Lunchboxes and a bagful of Toothpastes from NuffNang Philippines
- Candies and Sweets from KCat Yarza and Valeri Ann Chua
- 50kg of Rice from Celia Abalos
- Canned goods from Apple Abalos and Baby Ozato
- Noodles from Michelle Abalos
- Pansit Canton from Dhen & Rheena Sison-Panser
- Ballpens from Bryle Ian Bolong
- Small pouch bags from Ralph Alcantara
- Event Banner/Tarp and Thank you cards from Nico Orillano
To sum up, we gathered Php 26,800 from the following sponsors (in random order):
- Daven Arcega
- Marian Encinas
- Jim Duldulao
- Catherine Lynn Tolosa
- Patria Tolosa-Lee
- Vic Calag
- Xtian Fernando
- Ralph Sacdalan
- Fr. Filemon Dela Cruz
- Radimir Relator
- Gian Carlo Trinidad
- Marissa Volante
- Judith Clemente
- Ginn Tolosa
- Anna Katrina Dayo
- Kilven John Tolosa
- Aileen Magparangalan
- Franco Telado
- Josefina Prado
- Jhoanna Anag
- Bin Edres
- Cha Roque
- Orlando Claveria
- Chris Valencia
- Joyce Estanislao
- Elyse Go
- 3 persons wants to remain Anonymous
Since we got more than our target budget, we decided to donate the extra money to Unicef and World Vision. We split our donations in 2 so one is under my name and the other is under Coe’s name.
Here’s the reply we got from UNICEF:
We also would like to thank the volunteers and visitors who celebrated with us even on a weekend! Their presence and service was a great help for the success of the event. We really are thankful for Jhoie, Joey, Jhoanna, Issha, Aileen, Mitch, Apple, Ryan, Marian, Michelle, Kathleen, Elyse, Christian, Therese, Kcat and to our official photographer Nico! Due to change of schedule, some of our friends didn’t make it. We also extend our gratitude to Faith and Fr. Caloiski who were supposed to be there and had a special part in the programme.
Of course, we are forever indebted to these two special men in our lives: Andrew Abalos and Ian Bolong. They were supportive as ever! As Coe said, thank you for being the “best runners”, drivers and personal assistant during the event. We wouldn’t make it without you guys on our side! Mwah Mwah, Tsup Tsup! Hahahaha! ^__^
Special mention to Abalos Family for accommodating us the night before the event. We all had a sumptuous meal c/o the girls in the family.
I couldn’t think of a better conclusion for this post, instead I got this excerpt from Coe’s entry that says it all:
The success of an endeavor magnifies its greatness by how many lives you’ve affected and how many people you’ve touched. Thank you very much for the support and love… Kathleen and I are deeply loved and blessed.
Until next year… ^____^
This post is also published on my Birthday blog.