ANCOP International Canada, known by its partners simply as ANCOP, held its annual presentation and ANCOP WALK kickoff at Woodbine Banquet & Convention Centre in Toronto on March 25, 2017.
It was well attended, fun and interesting.
Among the guests were: Senator Enverga, a long time ANCOP donor, Philippine Consul General Rosalita Prospero, Fr. Michael McHugh, Monsignor Edgardo Pan, clergies, leaders form the business sector, youth group from the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts, community leaders, leaders of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos and Couples for Christ faith groups, press representatives, and other new and existing donors and sponsors of the charity.
Congen Prospero shared the vision called AMBITION 2040 as a government plan to completely eradicate poverty in the Philippines. Fr. Mchugh and Larry Vickar, who resides in Winnipeg, shared how they came to know ANCOP and were convicted to build shelters in poor communities in the Philippines. They witnessed firsthand the despair of the marginalized sectors and decided to bring hope to the poor, specially to the poor children.
ANCOP president, Ricky Cuenca, thanked each sector of the community and presented videos and picture presentations of the 2016 results and accomplishments of their partnership with ANCOP. Every dollar donated in Canada are matched with more donations and contributions from the local government, the church, business sectors and individuals in the Philippines. Even the beneficiaries contribute with their sweat equity.
One of the highlights in 2016 is the completion of 400 Typhoon resistant homes in Tacloban built and completed in partnership with SM Cares Foundation. It was built in the land donated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo. Several partnership build projects have started for 2017.
Since its inception in 2002, ANCOP has gone global bringing hope and transformation to thousands of poor families and children. Millions of dollars are spent in the Philippines annually to finance child education, shelter and community development, and disaster relief. ANCOP, declares Ricky Cuenca brings three level of transformation; the first gift is to bring hope and dignity to beneficiaries. This is where the poor becomes somebody loved and not merely ignored. This is where a bright future becomes possible. The second gift is the physical transformation where the poor actually receive clean homes in a hygienic environment. The third level is education, a gift that many parents tell their children that no man can take away. The ANCOP way is Christ centered and is done without proselytizing. ANCOP’s major fundraising activity is the ANCOP WALK held annually. It is now in 17 locations across Canada.
The ANCOP WALK started in Canada and is now also being held in other countries like in the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Kuwait.
ANCOP is an acronym for ANswering the Cry Of the Poor. Mission countries for ANCOP Canada besides the Philippines, includes Nigeria, Kenya, India and Ghana, and now Tanzania. New partners are always welcome. There are many ways to help expand the work, individually or as a group. More information is available at www.ancopcanada.org or social media: Follow us on Twitter @ancopcanada and Like us on Facebook /ancopcan, or by calling the ANCOP office at 905-856-8539. Mabuhay!