Touch a Heart Change a Life – 2018 ANCOP WALK at David Pecaut

August 19, 2018 at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square

As early at 7:00 am, the park was buzzing with organizers and walkers setting up for ANCOP’s biggest event of the year, the 2018 ANCOP Walk. ANCOP is an acronym that stands for ANswering the Cry Of the Poor, a non-profit organization and the charity arm of Couples for Christ. ANCOP walk is an annual event that raises funds for shelter, child education sponsorship, and humanitarian relief.

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At 8:00 am, the park grounds was full of walkers. Media crews from CP24 were setting up their media van and cameras in anticipation of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s attendance. The air was suddenly filled with lively praise songs played by the CFC-Youth music ministry which attracted the walkers to gather in front of the stage. Everyone was invited to join the opening prayer lead by Rico Tingin.

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Mayor John Tory, who graciously stopped for pictures and selfies with his avid constituents, graced the event by reminding the walkers the importance of being generous and caring to each other not only within our local community but internationally, which is the essence of ANCOP. Listen to his full speech by clicking this link.

Philippine Consul General Rosalita Prospero congratulated ANCOP for hosting the ANCOP Walk for the 15th year and the partnership between the Philippine Consulate and ANCOP through the years.

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Click the video to watch the ANCOP Walk President, Ricky Cuenca in his Opening Message

ANCOP President Ricky Cuenca proceeded with acknowledging the ANCOP Partners and Sponsors. As in previous years, LBC and PCCF were there to support the charity walk.

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Click the video to watch the Pre-Walk to kick off the ANCOP Walk Toronto

The pre-walk program kicked-off with an acapella rendering of both the Philippine and Canadian national anthem by the Quiros Family, a series of lively performances from PCCF, and concluded with an energetic warm up Zumba exercise by Reinier Felixus and Josie De Leon which got everyone pumped-up and ready to start the walk.

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The contingent from the Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) community also participated with their colourful banners. The BLD group has been consistently among the top ANCOP Walk fundraisers.

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Click the video to watch the ANCOP Walk Toronto and its participants

Let the walk begin! With the Toronto Police Squad car in front of the them, the walk was lead by the ANCOP Executive Committee and Couples for Christ Mission Core Group. The Handmaids of the Lord dancers followed as they danced through the parade to the beat of “This is Africa”, (several recipient countries for ANCOP is in Africa).

The rest of the walkers prepared banners and chants to raise awareness of the realities of poverty and the need to take-action. 1000+ walkers filled the busy Toronto street from University St, College St, Bay St. and finally Adelaide St. for a total of 4.2 km.

At the end of the walk, participants were treated with a Cool Down Zumba by Francis Baladjay, awarding of a major prize from LBC and the Chant & Banner contest, and finally an afternoon concert from professional Filipino bands that support ANCOP.

The afternoon concluded with a Praise Fest.

Oh what a day it had been. Based from the number of pictures with people wearing the ANCOP green shirts posted in Social Media and the donations received from partners, sponsors, and walkers that day, we can say that the 2018 ANCOP Walk event indeed has touched several hearts and will change a lot of lives.

Written and Contributed by : Kenneth Lim / CFC Mississauga West




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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