As early as 8:00 am, on August 18, 2019, members of Couples for Christ (CFC) gathered at the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens in Windsor, Ontario to prep for one of the most awaited activities of the community, “walk to respond to the cry of the poor.” However, this time we are all so happy to be joined not just by our members but other family members who came all the way from other countries especially the Philippines. Parents and other members of our families and friends all gathered in eagerness to join the walk notwithstanding certain limitations. Furthermore, as an added inspiration to the walk, members of our youth spent their precious time and talent to prepare the banners carried by the team to entice and inspire people who witnessed the event.
The ANCOP walk was started by the Opening Prayer of Bro. Vic Mangaser, Mission Head of Windsor, and then followed by the singing of Oh Canada. To prepare the members for the 5-kilometer walk from Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens to Dieppe Park fronting the Detroit River, Bro. Ceasar Cahoy gave warm-up exercises. During the actual walk, Bro. Jefferson Maramag led the chant to echo to whoever witnessed and listened to the need to “Give each child a chance to smile and every step we make is a gift from the heart.” Bro. Rey Danlayon and Bro. Larry Sembrano enlightened the event when they rendered their entertaining songs. The members were further encouraged and motivated by the message delivered by Bro. Romy Cipriano, CFC Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Cluster Head. Finally, Bro. Ronald Napigkit, closed the event by a prayer thanking and offering to God everything that happened.
Mr. Marcelino Pe Benito and Mrs. Joaquina Pe Benito, parents of Sis. Liezle Maramag, who came from the Province of Abra, Philippines to visit their family, joined the walk and mentioned that “what you are doing is not only for yourselves but you are also thinking of other people in dire need.” They added that they are thankful that their daughter and her family are members of the CFC community in Canada dedicated to knowing God and helping the poor. Antonio Chua, who also came from the Philippines to visit his daughter Sis. Sharon Salvador and her family, also supported the activity by joining the 5-kilometer walk. Participants of the walk were all in high spirit walking and chanting to help send poor children to school and become cheerful givers.
ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) Walk is a significant activity to spread awareness and entice people to get involved to assist and respond to the needs of the poor and marginalized. As they say, ‘big things come from small things.’’ Every small step we make can make a difference – especially to the lives of people who feel and think that they have been abandoned, forgotten or helpless. ANCOP answers to the cry of the poor and the marginalized by responding to their needs through sending children to school or back to school, helping build their homes, providing for their basic needs and doing other meaningful activities in countries such as Kenya, India, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries in North America.
This activity was inspired by the generous contributions of its sponsors: Tim Hortons, Vistaprint, Shoppers Drugmart, Metro, Food Basics, AN’S Supercuts Hair Salon, Thai Palace Restaurant, Bubble Tea Express, TJ Enterprises, Mary Ann Pineda of Restore Massage Therapy and Ric Sala Realty. The sponsors’ valuable contributions encouraged the participants to walk more steps for the poor. Thank you for your continued support.
“Exert all your strength when you exalt him, do not grow tired – you will never come to the end.” (Ecclesiasticus- 43: 34).
Written by: Mariscele Napigkit
Pictures by: SNAPD, Irma Asumen, Martee and Marlo Lasala