“In giving, we receive.” ~ This is not just a line made famous in CTI by the Outreach Committee, but also the core value that holds the group and the company together in helping the less fortunate outside the confines of our office spaces.
The Outreach Committee was established in August 3, 2011. The facilitator, Ms. Lui Florentin, gathered all employees who were interested in joining. And from the group, the officers were elected 7 days later and decided to adopt the name “Team Kanlungan” (Kanlungan is a Filipino word for a place/someone/something that you can rest or rely on.)
Meetings were held every Wednesday for brainstorming and planning on what projects to have for the whole year. Several suggestions were carefully selected, giving priority to the ones most in need. Thus, this signaled the busy start that launched the success of awareness and charity within the office premises of CTI and outside.
The following are the events of the committee on its first year:
Share a Care in Golden Acres
Last October 8, 2011, CTI employees attended the first project of Team Kanlungan at THE GOLDEN ACRES in Bago Bantay, Quezon City. It is the centre of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for abandoned and neglected elderly Filipinos. Although it was a rainy day, the volunteers didn’t mind the weather and arrived in high spirits, excited to share this memorable day with the elder folks. Food, drinks, and donations were brought and given to everyone. Those who were not able to leave their rooms were visited by the volunteers and given their share.
The whole community was engaged with different kinds of activities and games like “Hep-Hep Hooray” and “Bring Me” etc. Everyone actively participated. Before the Team left and ended the event, they thanked everyone for the successful project, with the hopes of visiting again the next year.
House of Refuge
House of Refuge Foundation, Inc. caters as a halfway house at Project 8 Quezon City, providing basic needs for abandoned and neglected street children. They were named Bahay Kanlungan in 1990 and became a licensed child-caring institution the following year, adopting the current name.
With this, CTI Team Kanlungan decided to spend their time with the children and hosted a Christmas Party at Jollibee, Pag-asa last December 10. There were games for the kids and some of the CTI Team Kanlungan Officers also joined. There were dance numbers and a heart-warming song number from the children. The Team also gave their respective gift wishes with the help of several CTI employee-sponsors.
Christmas Gift Giving with Feedtheirfuture.com
The last scheduled project of CTI Team Kanlungan for the year was held on December 18, 2011, in Tanay, Rizal. Together with Feedtheirfuture.Org, a non-government organization, headed by Mr. Daxx Bondoc, a Christmas gift giving event benefited the students of Sampaloc and Wawa Elementary school. It was a successful event with more than 200 participants. It was a whole bunch of fun with free meals and giveaways for everyone.
Oplan Sendong through Sagip-Kapamilya
The day storm “Sendong” hit and devastated a number of provinces and cities, leaving countless homeless and missing, CTI Team Kanlungan responded right away by organizing a relief operation. Although it was a short notice, everyone in the company pitched in. And on December 23, several bottles of water, canned goods, noodles, used clothes and sacks of rice were brought to Sagip Kapamilya, ABS-CBN Foundation.
Books for a Cause
“Books for a Cause” is an advocacy, founded by Ramil Sumangil, which aims to provide knowledge through books to every Filipino. In line with this objective, they supported the launching of Ricky Lee’s latest novel entitled “Amapola, sa 65 na Kabanata” that took place last November 27, 2011 at SM City North EDSA. This was hosted by Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Eugene Domingo, and sponsored by ABS-CBN, National Bookstore, Sony Music, Anvil, Think Creative Digicon Wizard Group and Triprint Corp. CTI Team Kanlungan supported this event by encouraging employees to purchase Ricky Lee’s signed novel. Part of the proceeds will go to the projects of Books for a Cause.
Last December 03, the Team supported another Books for a Cause project, the construction of their library in Baloy, Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija. After the 18-hour drive from Manila to Baloy, the Team was welcomed by Hon. Amado R. Corpus (Municipal Mayor), Hon. Cinderella E. Ramos (Municipal Vice Mayor), Mr. Ruben Laweg (Barangay Chairman) and their councilors. The Team brought along the books donated by CTI employees and participated in the painting of the newly installed bookshelves.
Join us as we embark another year of sharing. And as the popular quote from Tyson Dory says, ”There is no greater gift than the gift of giving. It is in giving of ourselves to those less fortunate than us that we truly receive.”