With the aim of reaching out through service, Alpha Phi Omega – Qatar Alumni Association recently donated P350,000.00 to Gawad Kalinga as a means to build a multi purpose hall in Baybay, Malinao, Albay in connection with the housing project – community outreach for the Typhoon Reming victims and indigent people of Albay.
The APO-QAA raised the fund of about QR87,000 by holding a Charity Concert called “Hawak Kamay” (hand in hand), a Concert for a Cause, in the CICC Compound, Ras Laffan, Qatar last February 22, 2007 in cooperation with the Samahan Ng Manggagawang Filipino (SMF) or the Filipino Workers of Qatar and Qatargas Corporation, featuring a number of performers such as the Kasa Fuego (house of fire) and the Heat Wave Dancers group, resulting in an eventful variety show entertaining a crowd that reached over 7,000 audiences comprised with over 60 nationalities.
April 11, 2007, APO-QAA representatives Bro. Aldous Enciso and Bro. Danilo R. Lanzon with Politico “Cocoy” Fajardo of SMF, accompanied by a few of our brothers and sisters here in Legazpi City namely: Bro. Pascual “Nonoy” Narvaez, Sis Patty Asagra, Bro. Zeus del Rosario, Bro. Viktor Gayanillo, Bro. Neil Grajo, and Sis Andrea Karlsan Zapanta went to meet up with Albay GK Coordinator Edwin Magaloma to visit the relocation site in Baybay, Malinao, Albay where the multi purpose hall will be built. Before going to Taysan, Legazpi to meet with Mr. Tony Loria, GK’s Provincial Director, the group dropped by Malinao's Municipal Hall to be recognized by the town's mayor.
The formal turn over and awarding of donation from APO-QAA to Gawad Kalinga was held last April 16, 2007 in Manila in the presence of a number of brods and sis from the APO National Council.
Brothers and Sisters in LFS,
The news above only shows what we are capable of contributing through service. Let this be a call to everyone to continue implementing programs and activities that can generally aid our affirmations on our principles, especially on Service. The action done by the APO-QAA is just a spark to start up a fire. Gawad Kalinga’s project is still on going and if we are willing, they need man power support in building the houses (or the multi purpose hall itself in Malinao) for our Bicolano kababayans. Let us all be an instrument in bringing hope to the Typhoon Reming survivors by lending a hand on their new beginning.
Quoting a piece from the Charity Concert's press release:
"This concert is a good example when people of different professional backgrounds work together to make a sponsorship project a success"
- Kerr Johnston, Qatargas Operating Officer
We too can do the same.