ANCOP launched its ANCOP Global Walk and Appreciation Dinner at the Royal Seafood Restaurant in Richmond last June 29. The event was attended by 200 guests from volunteers and different Filipino-Canadian organizations that pledged its support for the walk and other endeavours of ANCOP, including umbrella organization United Filipino Canadian Associations of British Columbia (UFCABC). President Joel Castillo said that the organization is forming a team that will walk for the cause and raise money to send children to school and build homes.
Speaking to the guests was ANCOP President for Canada Ricky Cuenca who explained the history and expansion of the work of the organization. He said that there are now sixteen cities in Canada who have signed up to support ANCOP and the Global Walk, with Whistler being one of the most recent to join.
Fr. James Kairu of St. Joseph in Langley, who continuously supports and oversees some of CFC and ANCOP’s mission in his native Kenya, also spoke about how his diocese is now educating 33 seminarians and 337 children through the auspices of ANCOP. He said that he himself was a product of the unselfish generosity of Canadians who helped support his study of priesthood, so he knows why ANCOP Canada is blessed with success in its projects.
The Holy Cross Regional High School Mission Team spoke about their recent trip to the Philippines to build homes in Caloocan and Antipolo. The young people said they learned much from their trip, and Ed Kazun, Mission Team adviser, said that the group took away more than what they gave to the mission trip. Holy Cross Regional High School has been doing the ANCOP Mission Trip for ten years, with Anita Aytona helping to facilitate the trips.
MLA Mabel Elmore awards a certificate of recognition
Also present to support the walk was the Consulate General of the Philippines in Vancouver represented by Deputy Consul General Bong Villanueva, MLA Mabel Elmore, and Councillor Anne Kang of Burnaby.Elmore and Kang plan to team up in order form their own team to start their own fundraising and sponsorship. Elmore also presented a certificate of appreciation to Cuenca and ANCOP Area Head Alwin Yambao, for the work that ANCOP does for the Filipinos and their recipients in other countries.
By Rosette Correa