Hello! This is the last of the Project Volunteer posts (for the school requirement at least) and this is probably my favorite one among the three. So another one of my best friends from Bacolod is Angela Rodriguez. When we were in High School, Angela was Chief of the Girl scouts and one of the requirements she had to do to win an award which at the time was given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she had to do a year long program wherein she taught school lessons to kids from her local neighborhood as well as teaching them about hygiene and manners. Ever since then, she holds a Christmas Party for the kids every year. This year however, due to some already made plans, she won’t be having the one for this year 😦 Instead, she decided to have it early (last month to be precise) and so we took a trip to Bacolod to celebrate an early Christmas with our High School friends.
When we were first told by our NSTP prof to do 3 volunteer activities, one of the organizations that I wanted to volunteer for was the Make a Wish foundation. During the time, Sandi was still working for them so we were able to organize a meet almost right away. She just told us what Make a Wish is all about, what we can do as sponsors, and the do’s and don’ts during a wish grant. My groupmates and I picked three kids at first but due to some unfortunate delays and issues with contacts, we were not able to push through with our wish grant. 😦 Also, Sandi found a new job working for the government so I was coordinating with Lizette instead.
After what seemed to be forever, I finally messaged Lizette if there was any other wish grants that I can help out with just to make the deadline for the school requirements. Thankfully she had an event coming up!! This happened last September and it was for eight kids namely Katkat, Jared, Ashley, Kit, Reynaldo, Rolando, Kim and Jasmine. The wish grant was organized by a company called Mega Sports World. I was able to talk with one of the volunteers from the company and she told me that a few weeks back, they held a fun run and all the profit they got from that and also donations from their employees, they picked Make a Wish as their beneficiary. The party was held at Active Fun Ranch in Ortigas (it’s near Tiendesita’s) and the kids were brought in from PGH and PCMC.
For my first NSTP Volunteer activity, I decided to ask my friend Carlo if there was anything that I could participate in as his lovely assistant/slave. I met Carlo back in the day when I first moved to Manila; Tita Mardi heads this Japanese exchange student tour every year and Carlo is always the head volunteer so this was when our paths first crossed. Carlo is a “Joy Riser” (that’s his twitter username) by profession. He gives talks and workshops to young teens and adults that teach them to find inspiration, passion, and give meaning to their work and daily lives. So when I asked Carlo if there was anything that I could volunteer for, he invited me to this “gig” that he was going to have the following Thursday. He was to give a talk to the leaders of organizations of the urban poor/informal settlers in Quezon City.
This talk was organized by the Persons Management Association of the Philippines and the Claret Urban Poor Apostolate; PMAP is an associate of Golden ABC so I was really surprised when Carlo told me this. I have to say, I was quite delighted by the fact that of all companies, it was a fashion retail one that I had the privilege to help in their cause. Although my task was just to be Carlo’s assistant, I left feeling alot lighter than when I first arrived.
This is my attempt to document the next 4 months of my life. I was asked by my teacher to start a blog that will serve as documentation for my journey into volunteerism. But I’ve decided to push myself and put more meaning into this blog by including other journeys such as food, fitness, self discovery and life during my last year as a fashion student. Hopefully I’ll be updating this blog more often than I did with the last few ones that I had.