Sunday, March 24, 2013
CABIAO, Nueva Ecija, March 24, 2013-A total of 81 Kapampangans, mostly Gawad Kalinga (GK) beneficiaries and members of Singles for Christ (SFC), currently participate in the ongoing Bayani Challenge (BC) 2013 in Cabiao town, Nueva Ecija.
“We want to give back. We want to help our fellow less fortunate individuals. We want to inspire them to use their poverty in building their community” said GK Tabon, Mabalacat City resident Mary Ann Jaro in an interview.
“They may not be Kapampangans but they are still Filipinos. Thus, we need to help them. We would immerse ourselves in the poorest barangays of Cabiao, identify their immediate concerns, and provide solutions to such” SFC member Erwin Macapagal disclosed.
“BC is an annual five-day volunteerism event where bayanihan and love for country are showcased through building homes, repairing schools, health missions, climate change mitigation activities and many more” explained Banik Alan Merenciano ofPresidential Communications Operations Office-Office for Special Concerns which organized the event in partnership with GK.
Slated from March 23-27, it is anchored on the theme “Isang Bayan, Isang Bayanihan.”
It is presently held in 39 sites in 34 provinces across the archipelago and taps over 80,000 volunteers.
“BC is not simply about doing volunteer works as we have prepared several socialization activities for the participants such as farmlympics, master kusinero, unity dance, and dating game” Merenciano added. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu)
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