I love walking. It’s the only activity that I enjoy apart from swimming. Walking gives me a sense of “me-time” especially since I am moving at a slower pace. I’m able to look around, observe people, discover small cafes, street art, interesting graffiti and other things that would normally be blur when you’re inside a moving vehicle—and to me, that’s pretty relaxing. Imagine my delight when I was invited to cover a blog conference organized by ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) called “Global Walk: Beyond Your Walk, their Dreams” whose goal is to spend one Sunday morning for an advocacy walk in order to send deserving children back to school. The said event is slated to happen and break records on August 14, 2016 to be held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds (near Ecommerce Building along the Bay). Now on its 6th year, ANCOP are expecting more people to lace up and join them in their advocacy. They believe that taking a step will help make the scholars dream to come true.
ANCOP began 12 years ago in Canada when they thought of organizing an event where people of all ages and all walks of life can participate in raising funds for education and likewise create an awareness about ANCOP. ANCOP is Couple’s for Christ’s work with the poor initiative.
|ANCOP's Bro. Joe Tale, Couples for Christ Chairman|
|Couples for Christ ANCOP President, Bro. Jimmy Ilagan welcomes the bloggers|
|Bro, Mike Bukuhan, ANCOP event head|
|ANCOP Scholar Anilov Martin shares his story|
During the blog conference, two ANCOP scholars also shared how the said initiative has helped them as they struggled with their lives as students who both belong from the margins of the society. Grade school ANCOP Scholar Anilov Martin recalls how his scholarship has helped him to continue striving harder in order to get good grades. He says that it has made him realized that being poor should never become a hindrance towards one’s success. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde ANCOP college scholar Julie Ann Burio says amen to that. Burio herself shared her own difficulties in trying to make things meet. “I’m grateful to ANCOP for being instrumental in helping me to achieve my life goals. I know that upon finishing my studies, I’d be able to help my parents earn a living. I know I have a promising future because of their help,” shares Burio during the blogcon recently.
|ANCOP College Scholar Julie Ann Burio spoke during the blogcon|
|ANCOP Global Walk 2016 organizers during the Q & A.|
This coming Sunday, August 14, 2016, let’s all join forces and do our share in sending deserving students back to school via ANCOP Global Walk 2016. Registration fee is only (which will also serve as your donation/love offering) Php300.00. ANCOP said 100% will be given to the scholarship program. There will be simultaneous walks in major cities in the country as well as in the USA, Canada and Australia which will also happen on August 14.
Newly elected VP Leni Robredo had also confirmed her participation in the said event. There will also be other activities such as showing of Pluma TV series (as shown on ABS-CBN Channel 2 before the Sunday TV Mass) among many others plus since it’s a Sunday, there will also be a Holy Mass to be officiated by the bishop of Marikina. It promises to be a different fun-filled family day for everyone!
So lace up and join us in giving students a brighter future by participating in ANCOP Global Walk 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia this August 14, at 4AM! It promises to be one awesome experience. Imagine burning some calories, making yourself healthier through walking + hitting two birds with one stone because in the process, you're helping out other people as well. Don't let this opportunity to share and be of help to the needy. Sign up and register now! See you there!
For details, please contact: 0915-1184552 or (02) 421-0368, (02) 709-4868 local 49. Look for Che Buban or Jannie Bagapuro. You may also visit their website: www.cfcancop.org. Follow ANCOP on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for further updates and information.
CFC ANCOP Global Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization which was founded by Couples for Christ, a faith-based international organization of Catholic faithful recognized by the Vatican. ANCOP stands for "ANswering the Cry Of the Poor." Its main programs are Shelter and Education. For more info, please visit www.cfcancop.org to know more about their programs.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.