Walk in Love, Walk for the Poor with ANCOP Greater Toronto Area

A day before the major solar eclipse of 2017, the sun was full orange as it brightened up the landscape of downtown Toronto. A good day for the ANCOP Walk at David Pecaut Square. ANCOP is an acronym for “Answering the Cry of the Poor” and its mission and vision is to give hope and dignity to the poorest of the poor and alleviate poverty by providing shelter homes and through child education. Ancop Walk started in Vancouver 14 years ago.

with Patrick Brown
ANCOP acknowledged as a major community organization in Toronto by the Conservative Party Head MP Patrick Brown and other party leaders

It has gone global and in the walk in Canada is done in 18 walk locations. Two walk locations were added this year; Brandon in Winnipeg, and Central Alberta. The mission areas of ANCOP International Canada Inc. include the Philippines, India, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. Work in Ethiopia may begin next year.

1,500 strong ANCOP Walk participants
1,500 strong ANCOP Walk participants

More than a thousand happy people mostly with their families came early and busied themselves preparing and decorating the place. Tents were set up; flags, banners, signs and slogans were unfurled, colorful hats and props were brought out and fixed, sound equipment were tested, and then the group gathered and practiced their chants. It is good to shout out their short messages in chants, song and music. The morning was cool and it is a good feeling to be out.

ANCOP AGT and MCG heads GTA Walk
ANCOP AGT and MCG heads GTA Walk

There were about 20 participating groups in the 5 kilometer walk on Sunday of August 20, 2017. The walk was joined by representatives of the walk sponsors; Greatway Financial, the national sponsor, Domics, the regional sponsor, Scotiabank, LBC, PNB, GMA Pinoy TV and Rogers, GTA Silver Sponsors.

ANCOP Walk with our Sponsor - Domics
CFC – ANCOP with our Regional Sponsor – Domics

Members of the Couples For Christ (CFC) faith group from different chapters across the GTA comprised the majority of the walkers. Ryan Diongco and Tyne Collado of the Singles For Christ (SFC) ministry were the program coordinators and the Kirk Simon and Giselle Victorino emceed the morning program. Francis Baladjay of Brampton led the body tuning exercises with some Zumba music.

At the Start
At the Start

The BLD group came in with a strong presence with their own slogans and a large banner. Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) came with their beauty queens; Carers Ark group was there to show that they care. The winning Canada 150 logo designer, Ariana Cuvin, sang the Canada’s anthem and was enthusiastic in her support of the walk for the poor. Jeline Mauricio sang the Philippine national anthem. Other notable person that came were Senator Tobias Enverga, Deputy Consul General Bernadette Therese Fernandez, MPP Raymond Cho who gave a strong message of support for ANCOP’s work for the poor and his admirations of the hardworking Filipinos, Eddie and Marita Lee of the Atin Ito newspaper also showed up to be counted.

Let's Go!
Let’s Go!

After the exhilarating walk and waves of alternating chants by the participating teams along College and Bay Streets, the group converged back at David Pecaut Square and was served lunch and Halo-Halo by the Crane Express Food Truck; ice cold Cott’s Colas courtesy of Cott Corporation, LBC raffled off a 40” TV., GMA Pinoy Star Glaiza de Castro entertained the audience with a couple of songs.

with Julienne Candelaria and TCDSB
with Julienne Candelaria and TCDSB

This was followed by donation cheque presentation by PCCF group and Julienne Candelario, Grade 12 student at Francis Liebermann CHS of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), who was able to raise thousands of dollars in a gofundme website by wearing a hotdog costume to her prom for the benefit of the poor.

CFC continued the fun with games and music numbers in the afternoon as part of their 23rd anniversary celebration.

Dancing queens
Our Sinulog Dancers

Everyone is enjoined to prepare and participate in next year’s 15th anniversary ANCOP WALK. Sponsors and all community group from different cultures are welcome. Please visit ancopcanada.org to know more about ANCOP and it mission to help the poor. Mabuhay!

Submitted by Dan Gutierrez
Photos by July Anopol

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OUR MISSION


We answer the cry of the poor through effective child education and community development programs, anchored on values formation.
We generate a cadre of volunteers, witnessing to the ideals of loving God and neighbor, and putting faith into action.
We effectively communicate our work, generating awareness and interest on the plight of the poor, spurring a meaningful response to their needs.
We help transform the lives of poor children & their families, helping restore hope and dignity.

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WHAT WE PROVIDE


When you donate to ANCOP Canada Shelter Projects, you help fund the materials to build low cost modest houses for poor families. You provide financial support for the education, after-school and value formation programs of children in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Myanmar and Canada. Lastly, your donation helps provide common facilities to areas that require multi-purpose halls and education centres.

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Charity Registration #87935 0312 RR0001

ANCOP INTERNATIONAL CANADA INC.


Main Office Address:
Unit 3 – 418 Hanlan Road
Vaughan, Ontario L4L 4Z1
Tel: 905-856-8539
Fax: 905-850-7590
Toll Free: 1-877-692-6267

Email: info@ancopcanada.org

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