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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chummy Chum Visits “Bahay Aruga” a New Halfway Home for Children with Cancer

CCF Team left the HQ early as we grant the request of a group of students from University of the Philippines – Manila. The venue was at the EAC Building. Upon entering the venue, we encountered a problem as the organizer didn’t get to settle the permits we need so our machine could go through. 
As we wait, we visited the venue and we saw that the area is at a higher level. We realized that we will have a difficult time especially bringing up our machine so we had to back off. Aside from the lack of communication and coordination on the part of the invitee, we deemed it wise to turn down their request and just head home. 
As we stopped at a certain building, someone recognized us and talked to us. That person remembered that we are the ones who bring cheer to poor children especially kids who are afflicted with serious diseases such as cancer. 
The person led us to a building called “Bahay Aruga” a temporary place to stay for Cancer Kid Patients who are undergoing medication at PGH. There were 30 kids inside that are undergoing chemotherapy at PGH. The area is small and the first thing you will see are hospital beds for the children. 
Bahay Aruga just turned 1 and not a lot of people know about it. The staff requested us if they could also seek help from SM Foundation. 
We will be back at “Bahay Aruga” this April to again spread joy and cheer to these sick children.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chummy Chum Graces Aral Pinoy Libreng Salo-salo Lenten Season

After the morning event, the CCF Team went to Malate Manila for Aral’s event for children. Aral Pinoy chose Brgy 733 Zone 80 as the venue of their event. We had a hard time to find the place and when we get there, we found that the venue was quite small to hold a Lenten celebration. 
     We observed that the kids who attended the celebration are healthy, well-dressed and were not really from the poor sector. The organizer even had their event coincide with that of a Councilor's and was there for early campaigning. 
     We wanted to gently remind everyone that our Foundation caters exclusively to less fortunate children because they are the ones who are not privileged enough to experience mascots, good food, parties and such. It is ok if there are children who are “well-off” mixed with poor kids. Just as long the number of underprivileged children are more than that of the well-off kids. 
     We also receive invitations from those that live under the bridge but it would be better if the venues that the organizers choose is spacious and conducive to the welfare of our beneficiaries. We are not picky when it comes to invites, what we request is that the venue be comfortable for everyone. Even our boss wanted everything to be ok and in order so that our relationship with organizations who invite us with run much longer.

Chummy Chum Joins Play and Learn Serve Culmination Activity for Poor Children

CCF Team started the day early as we headed to Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Bagbag, Novaliches for another outreach project. 
     The streets going to the place are narrow but when we get there, the Seminary itself is big and spacious. The seminary house has a private school within its property. The children who were graduating thought that we were setting up for their event. We informed them that we were there for an outreach activity. We were led to a basketball court which they hardly use, according to the Head Seminarian who accompanied us. So we did our set up and waited for the beneficiaries who came from a neighboring town. 
      The theme of the program is the Passion of Christ but our schedule with them is only until 11am since we have another activity to attend to in the afternoon. When the kids arrived they were given snacks and CCF freebies. Chummy Chum danced for the kids and had his picture taken with them afterwards. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chummy Chum Visits Batangas Medical Center Children’s Ward

CCF headed to Batangas City in Bihi Road, Kumintang Ibaba for another hospital visit. The scenery was beautiful and the air is fresh. We went to visit Batangas Medical Center for a possible Incubator donation. The hospital director is very kind as he personally talked to us about our plan to donate a brand new incubator. As we were talking, he called in all doctors involved like the resident doctor of Pedia Department for our gift-giving activity and the biomedical technician for incubator concerns. At the Children’s Ward, we met several children afflicted with cancer. We reminded that our boss donated vials needed for cancer treatment of the children. When we started cooking the popcorn, staff and doctors went up to us and started asking us questions such as if there was someone celebrating his/her birthday… After the gift-giving activity, the hospital’s social service did not forget to serve us meals. They understand that we came from afar and they were very grateful for our time and effort to visit provincial hospital like theirs. Big thanks to Mrs. Cobbarubia for the lootbags.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Chummy Chum Visits Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center

CCF staff went to Jose Reyes Medical Center (JRMMC) just beside the Department of Health (DOH) building. We were lucky we didn’t get lost since we have no permanent driver and we are still for one that is trustworthy and hardworking. 

Beforehand we had several meetings with the staff and admin of the hospital because they are one of the beneficiaries of our incubator donation. We got to the place which is spacious, second to PGH, and there are many indigent people who come here for medical treatment. The hospital is air-conditioned as well as their OPD-Pedia. We were told to set up there by the nurses. 

The children as well as the parents who were there for checkups got attracted to the sweet smelling scent of our cooked popcorn. Afterwards, Chummy Chum came out to entertain the kids and had their pictures with our adorable mascot. Then the kids started to line-up for to receive snacks and goodies from CCF and Ms. Marianne who donated lootbags. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Chummy Chum Visits Sta Rosa Community Hospital’s Pedia Ward and OPD

CCF went to Santa Rosa, Laguna to visit Santa Rosa Community Hospital for an occular inspection as potential beneficiary of a brand new incubator.
We were welcomed warmly by the hospital staff but as they say, 'you cannot please everybody' and there is this one person who doesn’t like the smell of popcorn and practically shooed us away but the hospital director insisted that we just stay put. 
The director was very happy of what we do for the children especially when they found out that we are considering their hospital as a possible beneficiary of our brand new incubator.
We did not pay attention to that one person who was very rude and just did our job in making kids happy as we prepared the snacks and gifts for the children.
Some staff were asking if we could also give them lootbags which were placed in cute canisters but we kindly informed them that those are for the children and gave them (staff) popcorns instead. Big thanks to Ms. Marianne for the additional refreshments.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chummy Chum with SM Foundation Bring Happiness to Community Kids of Rosario Cavite

SM Foundation holds another Medical and Dental Mission this time in SM Rosario in Cavite. 
The line of people was already long when we got there. The kids were grinning from ear to ear when they saw the Chummy Chum van. 
As we were setting up, a person came up to us and asked for our number. She said she is connected with an organization that teaches kids in the street. 
As we were cooking the popcorns, several kids who already had their checkup only have one request the balloons we were using for decoration. We gently explained to them that they have to wait for the program to end before we can give them the balloons, but when a kid starts to cry, we can’t help but give in to the request because we do not want to see little sad faces and our purpose is to bring joy to kids.
The food was abundant during the event. Those were for the doctors, staff and volunteers. 
We were busy with the event when our phone rang and it was the Junior Manager of SMF informing us of April schedule. 
Thanks to Ms. Jaymee for some of the lootbags.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chummy Chum Brings Joy to Kids at Laurel District Medical Center

CCF Team left early for Tanauan, Batangas to meet up and get to know our potential beneficiary of an Incubator under our Child Survival Maintenance Program (CSMP) but there was a miscommunication with our driver. We were not given the signal to take Startoll but went through anyway, just so we could get to the venue on time. 
We were already at Laurel District Medical Center at 7am before we found out that the schedule is at 10am. Should we have known, we would’ve taken a different way so as not to spend so much for toll fees. 
Nevertheless, we were glad that the hospital staff of Laurel were very accommodating. 
This is the only hospital in Laurel, Batangas and the staff informed us that they do not have a public midwife so we had doubts if they will qualify as beneficiaries of the incubator since what they have is a private midwife. 
They proposed that they will not charge even the private patients for the incubator use but we informed them that our beneficiaries for the incubators are the poor mothers who cannot afford the service.
 Big thanks to Mam Rodriguez for the toys, and lootbags and to Ms. Dora for the cupcakes and refreshments.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chummy Chum with Ms Marriane and St. Mary’s Batch ’85 Gives Back to Bukas Palad

CCF headed to Bukas Palad Foundation in Pasay City, a drop in center for poorest of the poor wherein they are given free meals. 
We went there to celebrate Ms. Marriane’s birthday who’s been doing charity works with us for four (4) years now. 
When we got there, we saw 3 families about to have their meals courtesy of the visitors, which treated them as their “adopted families”. 
Said families were with some of the children whom Ms. Marriane and her batch mates in Saint Mary’s Pasay included in her birthday treat. We immediately set up our booth and someone asked for our number especially when they learned that we are all doing this pro bono. 
The host started the mini program with games and lots of photo op. They were served with food from a well-known fastfood chain. Afterwards, Chummy Chum came out and entertained everyone. The children lined up for the popcorn and cotton candy and were given gifts and freebies.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Chummy Joins Mrs. Rodriguez for Birthday treat with SPED Students

CCF headed to Fourth Estate Elementary School located at Brgy. San Antonio, Paranaque City to help Mrs. Rodriguez celebrate her special day with the school’s SPED students. Our boss told us that our mission is to do good so that others may emulate us. Mrs. Rodriguez is a good friend of Ms. Alice who has been with CCF in spreading love and joy to children with Cancer since 2010. 
    For this day we accompany Ms. Alice’s friend for another outreach for SPED Children of Fourth Estate Elem. CCF Team organized everything, from scheduling to taking care of the prizes, giveaways for the event. We were there early to set up and arrange the balloons and other decors to make the party lively. The children were happy upon seeing it, especially the SPED kids. 
   The program started with games and when the birthday celebrant arrived with her family and friends, they began eating. The food, which was prepared by Mrs. Rodriguez was delicious. She even prepared a 10Kg. worth of Spaghetti that even teachers from nearby classrooms, were given food. Afterwards, Chummy Chum came out and entertained the children. Pictures show how the kids enjoyed every minute of the party. There was even a kid who sang for Mrs. Rodriguez as her way of saying thanks.

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