Students raise funds for Covid-19 emergency response

Published August 6, 2020, 1:08 AM

by MB Lifestyle

Age does not matter, especially when it comes to humanitarian acts like charity

WOMEN OF CHARITY World Vision celebrity ambassadors Janina Vela and Gretchen Ho

Students across the Philippines took part in a fundraising initiative called 5k Campaign Challenge bythe global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization,World Vision,to aid the children and families affected by the pandemic.

The charity project is for the benefit of the child-focused organization’s Covid-19 emergency response. It encourages student participants to raise funds among peers and relatives to help families struggling in the health crisis to receive cash support for their basic needs.

Not only were the students able to accomplish their goal of giving aid to five families each, some of them even went above and beyond by assisting up to 50 families.

Students, who joined the campaign, hailed from schools like Singapore School Cebu, Enderun Colleges, De La Salle University of Manila, De La Salle Zobel, and Noah’s Ark Angel Learning Center. They were able to accumulate the amount of P280,000 from May to the last day of June, which will be utilized to finance over 280 families.

In a virtual congratulatory event, the following students were recognized because of their great contributions to making the initiative a huge success.

YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTS World Vision 5K Campaign Challenge participants in the celebratory conference call

Top Advocates

GabbieEcitoof Noah’s Ark Angel Learning Center, Reese San Juan of Singapore School Cebu, and Maegan Yap of Singapore School Cebu, managed to encourage the most number of students to join the campaign.

First Achievers

Justine Romero of Singapore School Cebu, Marianne Laciste of De La Salle University of Manila, and Kyle Villapando of De La Salle Zobel, were the first ones to hit their goals of helping five families or more.

Top Fundraisers

Chloe Suarez of Singapore School Cebu), Bede Capulong of Singapore School Cebu, and Chelsea Abcede of Enderun Colleges, garnered the most amount of donations.

“I’m extending my gratitude to World Vision for giving young people like us the trust in what we can do. To those who are interested in joining a child-focused advocacy like 5K Campaign Challenge or other initiatives, just try it. You will learn a lot of things, you can be better, and help many along the way,” explainedChloe Suarez, one of the Top Fundraiser from Singapore School Cebu who was able to raise P50,000 for the initiative.

KI[N]D Justine Romero of Singapore School Cebu

“With a simple act of kindness, we can bring a positive light to those suffering in this pandemic. We are blessed to be a blessing to others,” said Justine Romero, a First Achiever.

Pass it on, pay it forward

World Vision celebrity ambassadors Gretchen Ho and Janina Vela led the campaign, inspiring everyone to unite and become #OneForChildren, especially during this challenging period.

Gretchen Ho began her speech with delight knowing that students are stepping up to give what they have for those in need. “Through this campaign, young people are given an opportunity to bless others” said Gretchen.

Meanwhile, Janina Vela emphasized on what really counts in helping others at a time such as this. “It really does not matter how big your bank account is. What matters is how big your heart is,” Janina muses.

Also supporting the 5K Campaign Challenge are corporate partners Promate and Urbanize.

“On behalf of World Vision, we would like to thank and congratulate those who participated in the 5K Campaign Challenge, especially our young students for going the extra mile. We are very humbled by everyone’s commitment to serve despite of Covid-19,” said the humanitarian organization’s national director Rommel Fuerte.

“We are happy to announce that throughout the start of our COVID-19 Emergency Response, we were able to support over 5.2 million people, and that the 1.2 million from the total number are children thanks to the help of our donors and partners,” he added. | FB /worldvisionph | IG @worldvisionphl