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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hospicio De San Jose: Culminating Day with Ms Alice Jorolan



"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others." - Henry Drummond
It was a rainy morning on July 30th 2011, but undeterred our team always was, we headed to the Hospicio de San Jose through their invitation for us to sponsor the program called “Culminating”. Two hundred participants were with us to take part in the program—kids who were unfortunately left there by their families, people who were physically challenged, kids afflicted with autism, and grandparents and elderly left to fend for themselves. When we got to the Ayala Bridge Manila, the auditorium was all set up, and we saw that they prepared load of gifts for the participants. We started setting up our booth then, the kids started pouring into the venue with smiles and eyes as warm and wide as the skies in summer, all excited to see what surprises were in store for them that day. They just got back from a mass at a nearby building in the compound, and their growing excitement palpable in the air. The activities in the program then started, with the kids singing songs and showing off their talents, culminating to their singing a birthday song to their Superior. Chummy Chum of course was keen on taking center stage, showing off his own dance moves to the kids’ delight. We ended the festivities with giving everybody the snacks and present we prepared, and we know from their smiles and thank-yous that it would be a day they would never forget. =) We want to thank Ms. Alice Jorolan for her generosity and big-heartedness, thank you for supporting our cause. =)
Thanks to Mr. Tito and team, and to Ms Adelina Diaz for helping us that day.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163 with Operation Blessings Foundation Medical Mission



July 26, 2011, Tuesday. We were early to hit the road that morning to go to Calauan, Laguna to grant OB Phil’s request to sponsor their medical mission for the Bayan ni Juan program in a housing resettlement area in Calauan. Almost a thousand kids were expected to come that morning to get free medical consultation and check-up from the medical team. At first, we got worried because the kids got scared at the sight of the doctors, so Chummy Chum volunteered to entertain the kids and make them calm and at ease. And it proved successful too—the kids finally came and moved near to hear what the doctors said about the proper way of brushing their teeth, and how to take care of their hygiene. Their eyes and teeth were checked, and then they fell in line to meet Chummy Chum, and to get the freebies we had in store for them too. The program again, culminated in Chummy Chum dancing for all of us to the beat of some new music. All the kids wore bright and wide smiles as they went home with teeth whitening kits and memories of a day spent with us. Another job well-done! =D
Thanks to Ms. Nikki for helping us again. =)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LIFESTREAM MINISTRY Anniversary



July 24th, a Sunday afternoon, the Chummy Chum team was invited by Lifestream group in Foursquare, Project 4, Cubao, Quezon City. The invitation was given a month ago, and we were very excited for the event. Chummy Chum supports the program because we are one in their advocacy in helping poor families, and their very members are far from being well-off too-- they feel the struggles of the underprivileged themselves. That afternoon, 300 kids enjoyed an afternoon of joy and cheer, and we all sang and danced to Christian praise and worship songs. We prepared the pop corn and cotton candies for all the children and gave them all the presents we brought only for them. For the finale, Chummy Chum entertained them with a dance number, and not to be outdone, the kids too showed us their dance moves. It was a great afternoon, one that reaffirmed us that life is more worth-living if you share it with other people. =)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Damayan at Tiyaga Foundation with Ms Kate & Friends


After wrapping up the medical mission with the TV-5 AlagangKapatid team, we then rushed to Champagnant St., in Rancho 1, Marikina to be with Ms Kate and her friendsat the Damayan at Tiyaga Foundation. Ms Kate wanted to treat the kids there toa fun- filled afternoon- a party complete with scrumptious food, colorfulballoons, and exciting loot bags, and these all proved to make the childrenecstatic and delighted beyond words.
We were not one to be stingy with surprises, so we added our own pop corn and cotton candies to the list—and wesure did make the kids’ day as early as at this point. But we did not stopthere of course, after all these were given to them, we started with the the games,and then our good friend Ms Kate shared some heart-warming moments with thekids, taking pictures and letting them feel the warmth of her friendship. Whenthey thought it could not get any better, our beloved Chummy Chum had got outand danced with them, making smiles brighter and making them exclaim theirpleasure with ‘Wow, bongga!’=) It was of course another great and worthwhileday, and we hope we don’t run out of friends like Ms Kate, who always have abig, welcoming, and kind heart for all these kids. Thanks again Ms Kate! =)

Seen in photos: Ms Kate and her friends; Chummy Chum with the kids; the kids enjoying the party =)


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pasay Fire Brigade with Red Cross Mass Feeding Program

On a Saturday morning, the 23rd of July,Chummy Chum was invited by the Red Cross team of Parañaque to sponsor their massfeeding program, organized in cooperation with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce.There, hundreds of kids from less fortunate families in the community of Sto.Niño,Pasay, headed tothe fire station, which served as the venue for the day’s activities.
When we arrived,the kids were all expectant; awaiting what was prepared for them, so we did notwant them to wait any longer and began with the games and the feeding program. Afterthe distribution of the food, Chummy Chum went out to show them a dance number,and albeit the crowded place, he was still very enthusiastic in showing the kidshis latest dance moves. We know the kids thought that it was all worth the wait,looking at their warms smiles that we hope lasted all day.


In photos: Chummy Chum dancing with the kids; the donors of themass feeding program


Thanks MS Nikki of Alabang for giving us a hand. Hope to seeyou again! =)

Friday, July 22, 2011

TV-5 "Alagang Kapatid" Medical Mission




On Friday, 22nd of July, the team was once again busy as as a bee for the day, this time, in taking part in the medical mission of TV-5 “Alagang Kapatid” in the auditorium in East Rembo, Makati City. The event was organized to offer free medical services to the underprivileged students of of East Rembo Elementary School. The constituents of Makati are indeed fortunate to get quality public education and public facilities. But of course some students still needed some medical assistance, and we were there with TV-5 to sponsor some snacks and provide some fun for the students while they wait for their turn to spend some time with the doctors. It was the first time TV-5 shared an event with us, and it was our pleasure to know they looked forward to working with us in their future projects for kids and the disadvantaged. The kids in the even were all smiles to receive free medical treatment and check-up and some freebies from us to boot. We could not be much happier than knowing how much we made the people there, specially the kids, even just for a day. Thanks to all volunteers. =)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

PWD-SPED Sportsfest Week 2011

On July 21, 2011, Chummy Chum, as requested by DSWD- Makati, PWD- SPED Welfare to treat almost 300 special and physically- challenged children took part in the sports fest held at the University of Makati oval. The team entertained the kids by showing them how pop corn and cotton candies were made, and encouraged them to participate in the games. After the snacks were ready, we marched then to the oval where the kids enthusiastically waited for our dear Chummy Chum to dance for them. While the refreshments were handed to the kids we were delighted to observe that once shy kids were now confidently getting along with the others. It was such a nice improvement to note, knowing these children need a boost to their self-esteem and social skills. They all went home happy from the gifts we gave them, and the awesome morning they had with their friends.
We hope to see you again!


In photos: Chummy Chum with the kids. Thank you to Mr. Tito and Kuya Benjie for volunteering.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mango House Children’s Home Inc. with Ms Arlene and Friends

On July 16, 2011, Chummy Chum led Ms Arlene to Mango House Children’s Home in Biga 2, Silang, Cavite to share and celebrate her birthday with the less fortunate children there. The kids staying there were rescued from neglect and abuse from their families, and they bubbled with happiness upon seeing us and their big- hearted friend, Ms Arlene. They expressed their thanks through songs, and we listened while we prepared their refreshments for that afternoon. Ms Arlene then started the activities with a prayer and some words about why we were there, what our mission was. All kids participated in the games, and they almost shrieked with delight when we handed out the prizes and the presents we all prepared just for them. All got big smiles while receiving the lootbags with small toys and candies. Chummy Chum danced for the kids while they watched in delight. It’s really special to celebrate a birthday with loved ones, but it is more fulfilling and worthwhile to share a day in the new chapter in your life with people, specially kids, who need your love and time the most. Thank you Ms Arlene for deciding to share your specials day with the kids, and with us too! We won’t forget it. I hope you don’t either. =D


In photos: Chummy Chum with the Mango House kids; Ms. Arlene and her friends.
Thank you to Ms. Regina of San Juan for giving us a hand. =)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Operation Blessings Foundation Medical Mission





On July 13, 2011, a Wednesday morning, we were on the road again, this time heading to the event organized by Operation Blessings Foundation. It was a medical mission for the community of Southville 8 resettlement area in Montalban, Rizal. The community was a project of former president Joseph Estrada, and it proved to be a great help to the folks living there, as they only pay 200 pesos per month for a 30-square-meter house that someday will be their own. The area is on a mountainside, and the vacant lots served as our venue for the game sand activities we organized for the children in the underprivileged community. While waiting for the snacks to cook, the OB people taught the kids about the bible, and some looked on in amazement at how pop corn and cotton candies were made. After the refreshments were handed out, Chummy Chum surprised the kids with a dance number, and even participated in some games, which all the kids liked. All the kids went home with gifts and perhaps nice stories to share with their families and friends.
Thanks to all the volunteers of Operation Blessings =)
OB accepts any kind of help you can share with the kids of indigent families. Please help us make a difference to the lives of these beautiful kids. We hope to see you soon! =)

Friday, July 8, 2011

SPED-Fourth Estate Elementary School visited




On July 8, Chummy Chum and team paid FEES-SPED a visit, to treat the students to a great, fun-filled afternoon. We were welcomed by almost sixty students who go there for the special education, and just like before, we were equally cheered by the kids’ amazement and excitement with our colorful van, the pop corn and cotton candy maker, and the balloons that we brought just for them. Some thought that someone must be celebrating a birthday, but got a good surprise to know it wasn’t just for someone, but for all of them. After setting up the booth and proceeding to prepare the snacks, we started with the games and the giving away of the prizes and freebies. All went all-smiles and pleased when they saw our dear Chummy Chum go out and dance just for them! It was another job-well-done for the team and the people who helped us that day, as all the kids beamed with joy as they want back to their rooms, wearing smiles that we hoped lasted until they went to sleep. =)
We invite all of you to share your blessings with these children. Please contact Chummy Chum to know how. See you in our next activity.=)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Philippine Christian Foundation Visited


On July 6, 2011, Chummy Chum visited the Philippine Christian Foundation in Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Manila. 500 kids from underprivileged families benefit from the free schooling and daily school feeding programs of PCF. The founder of PCF zeroes in on one of the most important problems to address with disadvantaged children, and that is to feed and nourish the body, then feed and nourish the mind and soul— which we very much agree with. We are inspired by the mission of this group and its founder, and their approach is both practical and practicable as they start with helping the pre- schoolers first until they reach the second grade so that they go through school with a good foundation.

Chummy Chun and team prepared the booth for more refreshments for the kids and the festivities culminated in our dear Chummy Chum dancing for the children’s entertainment. The morning was a success with us giving away the freebies we prepared specially for the kids.
PCF accepts donations for their feeding programs, and we invite you, in behalf of the kids and beneficiaries, to extend your generosity to the foundation. Let’s join hands and help these kids have a better future. =)
Thanks to all the volunteers from PCF. =)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Aldrin’s Birthday Celebration with the Blessedville Kids

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” ~Albert Einstein



Birthdays are occasions that most children look forward to- they are marking times, milestones; a celebration that means food, friends, and to some kids, gifts. Although it’s nice to throw a birthday party, for some people, like some dear friends of Chummy Chum’s, it is more meaningful and worthwhile if the party is shared with kids who may not often get invited to one, or sadly, cannot afford to have their own.

On July 2, 2011, Aldrin, our very own Ms Rowena Bula’s son, celebrated his birthday the Chummy Chum way. We went to Blessedville School for Special Children Foundation in Alfonso, Tagaytay. It is a foundation dedicated to teaching and guiding special children for free, with the priority to those who are underprivileged. Blessedville has always had a special spot in Chummy Chum’s heart, and another reason we took Aldrin’s birthday party there was to give a salute to the tireless and big-hearted volunteer teachers who were the guiding light to the students there. It was an awesome birthday party, complete with balloons, gift-giving, food, games and prizes. It was such a delight to see all the children enjoying the festivities, and equally satisfying to know that it was after all not just a party for one, but a party for everyone.

Seen in photos are the birthday celebrator (bottom right) and Chummy Chum with the Blessedville kids and their relatives.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Bahay Bata Center with the Rotaract Club of Angeles, Pampanga





On July 1st, Chummy Chum headed to Pampangga, to take part in anniversary of the Rotaract Club of Angeles, Pampangga. Mr. Pineda, another dear friend of Chummy Chum, invited us in celebrating the said occasion. Almost a hundred kids waited in the venue, expectant and excited for what the group had in store for them. The organization decided to treat these kids instead of having a party just for its members, and they chose Bahay Bata as their beneficiary. Bahay Bata is a home for abandoned and neglected kids. Most of them were street children, but now some of them are proud junior members of the Philippine rugby team. The event started with a Catholic mass in the club’s garden, and after that our team started the setting up of the booth and preparing the snacks. Chummy Chum was the icing on the cake as he danced and led the games and prize giving. It was yet another memorable day for all of us. Thanks to all the volunteers from Pampangga. =)
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