SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER ON SUNDAY
BY JOEVEL A. BARTOLOME
For at least P300, you can help a young person realize his or her dream of pursuing his or her dream for a better life.
This is what the ANCOP, or Answering the Cry of the Poor, Global Walk aims to accomplish anew with the activity scheduled on Sunday at 5 a.m.
ANCOP is the social development ministry of Couples for Christ. In partnership with some educational institutions and corporate organizations, said Jaime Basal, Family Ministry head and Area Governance team member of Couples for Christ.
The walk is held simultaneously in 79 provinces in the Philippines. It is also held in other countries.
In Negros, Basal said, other than Bacolod City, the walk will also be held in the cities of Bago, Guihulngan, Canlaon, San Carlos and Cadiz as well as in Hinigaran.
The Bacolod walk will be a 3K activity which will start at the BAY Center and will be followed by community zumba dancing and a mass, he added.
The Sunday activity, which will be held for the eighth year in the country, aims to raise funds for educational assistance to needy but deserving high school and university students.
We believe that education is one of the many factors which can help uplift one’s financial status and way of living, the Couples for Christ official said.
About 5,000, including government and military and police officials, students and members of other sectors, among others, are expected to join the activity. We hope to exceed the 4,000 mark last year, he said.
The program has 87 beneficiaries in Negros, including six seminarians, this year.
Nationwide, it is benefitting more than 10,000 this year.
Since the program was started in 2011, 25 beneficiaries have graduated from college, four of whom earned Latin honors.
Basal said the scholarship is open to children of both Couples for Christ members and non-members, adding that parents have a monthly income not more exceeding P10,000 and must have two children or more.
The program gives emphasis on the students’ focus on their study.
The scholarship covers tuition and fees as well as medical and dental fees, uniform and other funds or materials they need in school activities. Scholars are also encouraged to join social activities, like Youth for Christ, he added.
Basal said those who want to join the activity may register at the Couples for Christ office at Lopez Jaena Street in Bacolod City or call Tel. No. 4353959 or 09173190049.
Registration will also be held at BAYS Center on Sunday at 4 a.m.
Registration fee is P300.
With your P300, plus the assistance from corporate sponsors and generous donors, we can help needy young people to realize their dreams, Basal reiterated.*
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