Cutout pictures of scavenging and homeless children greeted the participants in the ANCOP dinner Gala as they to enter the Rembrandt Hall in Scarborough. The Gala event last April 7, was to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the annual ANCOP Walk which started in Vancouver and has now spread not only to 19 cities across Canada, but across many countries worldwide.
The evening program opened with a message from Consul General Rosalita Prospero. She enjoined everyone to help alleviate poverty and give hope to the poor.
Melissa Grelo, a prominent news anchor and co-host of popular shows, documentary and social events – herself involved in many charitable works, was the evening host of the dinner Gala. She took the stage with such charm and flair that kept the audience attentive and supportive of the ANCOP programs in child education, community and shelter development. Many were prompted to fill up pledge forms and ANCOP Walk registration form to participate in the coming Walk scheduled on August 19 at David Pecaut Square.
ANCOP President, Ricky Cuenca, took the stage and showed video updates on the progress of ANCOP programs in the areas of child education, shelter, community and social development. The beneficiaries do not only receive material benefits but also their dignity, their hope, social, and spiritual well-being as a person. Ricky went on to hand out certificates of appreciations to heroes of the poor that include the late Senator Enverga and wife Rosemer, together with the Philippine Canadian Charitable foundation who finds time to sponsor and conduct site visits every year. Other heroes include, GMA, Rogers Communication, LBC, Scotiabank, PNB Remittance, Domics, Couples For Christ (CFC) , Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) youth builders group led by Michael Consul. Top ANCOP Walk solicitors were also acknowledged including a student at Francis Liebermann CHS of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Julienne Candelario, who raised thousands of dollars in a gofundme website by wearing a hotdog costume to her prom.
Celebrity and popular singers Ms. Lilac Cana and Ms. Josie de Leon rendered songs that lift up the spirit of everyone leading into an enjoyable night of sharing and dancing. The energy was high and reverberating. It promises to last and peak on August 19 at the scheduled ANCOP Walk at David Pecaut. Please visit https://ancopcanada.org/2018walklocations/ ANCOP is an acronym for “ANswering the Cry Of the Poor”. The walk is open to everyone who wants to help the poorest of the poor.
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