Partners and supporters of ANCOP greatly anticipate the largest gathering of Filipino Canadians in Canada to support the work for the poor, the ANCOP Walk. Done yearly in August, ANCOP Walk is ANCOP’s major global fundraising event that draws people together across the globe to walk for a great cause – to send poor children to school and to build houses for families without one.
ANCOP Walk’s history can be traced in Vancouver, BC when in August 29, 2004 CFC’s pioneering couples and young and enthusiastic ANCOP volunteers belonging to the CFC ministries conceived a fun but meaningful way to campaign for ANCOP funds. The concept was for the participants to register for the Walk, solicit funds, and join the 3-kilometer walk around Queen Elizabeth Park. It was an innovative way to raise funds and make ANCOP known to people at the same time providing families, friends, and colleagues bonding and physical fitness activity.
This year various countries all over the world will participate in the Walk including the Philippines, Canada, USA, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Kuwait, Qatar, Bermuda, Africa and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This is aimed at intensifying public awareness of ANCOP’s shelter and child sponsorship program and to stir people to help in expanding the work. Every single step during the Walk is a symbolic step towards setting the poor free from poverty.
ANCOP Walk 2015 kicks off August 16th in the Philippines where over 120,000 people are expected to participate in Manila and in various cities and provinces throughout the country.
In Canada, the Walk is formally launched in various cities in the country before the actual event in August to make it public and to rally people to participate. ANCOP Toronto initiated the launch on April 26th with a short program and presentations at the Rogers Theatre of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Friends, guests and long-time partners of ANCOP attended and renewed their support. Main guest was Senator Tobias Enverga of Ontario
Josie de Leon renowned performer and founder of Josie de Leon (JDL) School of Performing Arts in Toronto did a powerful rendition of “One”, an original song composed specially for ANCOP by Cecile Azarcon a well-known Filipino composer. While Josie performed, a video of her recent visit to a slum area in the Philippines was played on the background. She and her students at JDL rendered a poignant musical creative onstage depicting the transformation of poor families and children beneficiaries of ANCOP.
Students from Toronto District Catholic School Board also attended and shared a video of their recent immersion trip to the Philippines where they went to ANCOP sites, helped build houses and visited the beneficiaries.
ANCOP Canada President Ricky Cuenca apprised people in attendance with the status of the projects on the ground, new partnerships, and the developments in ANCOP such as the new website and monthly e-newsletter. In this night of fellowship and heightened commitment to help answer the cry of the poor, Ricky called on every person with a generous heart to be part of the first step during the ANCOP Walk and make a difference.
Editor’s Note: This article has been edited from its previous version.