The dubious stormy weather that Saturday morning of August 22, 2015 did not stop the faithful ANCOP Walk Winnipeg participants from going to Assiniboine Park for the ANCOP Walk 2015 event. Despite the early morning rains, the event coordinators continued to install directional signage for the 5 km walk. The day’s weather forecast was unpromising so the ANCOP Walk team decided to start early with the activities.
The program, emceed by Kyle and Leizl, kicked-off with an invigorating Zumba dance exercise led by the energetic Boyet Nicolas and Myrna Evaristo. It was followed by the singing of the Canadian and Philippine Anthems , sung by Justony Vasquez and Bea Balagtas respectively. The opening prayer led by Josef Eleazar preceded the opening remarks of Eli Minglana, the Area ANCOP coordinator for Winnipeg, who informed everyone that ANCOP Walk events are happening in different cities across Canada during the month of August and closing remarks by Ador Cabrera, the CFC Area Head of Manitoba.
In the course of the program, Larry Vickar of VICKAR Auto Group gave a short talk, mentioning that during the CFC National Conference held in Winnipeg last July, he and his wife Tova Vickar handed over a check of $ 25,000.00 as donation from the Jewish Manitoba Foundation for the ANCOP Children Sponsorship Program. Dr. Tom Colina of Pearl and Ellice Dental Groups also gave an informative talk about free medical and dental missions they plan to conduct in the Philippines.
CFC ANCOP Team Winnipeg would like to thank the over 500 participants’ generous ANCOP Walk supporters for the event that was attended by many ANCOP Winnipeg partners. Vickar Auto Group, Pearl and Ellice Dental Care, Scotiabank Winnipeg, thru the leadership of Janice Butler and Michael Cordova organized silent auctions for the ANCOP Walk fundraising program. C &K Music provided AW printouts / posters before the event, Saladmaster provided a light breakfast for walk participants. Other sponsors included SPC Cleaning and Commercial Services, Myrna’s Café and Restaurants and the CN Railroaders advocated by Andhoi Arevalo. Greg Malveda oversaw the sound system, while Steve from Vickar Auto supervised the backup stage. Also in a special way, thank you to different religious group and organizations and the members of Couples for Christ Ministries ( CFC, HOLD, SOLD, CFC Youth, and KFC) and all event volunteers for administration , First Aid, and Traffic Marshalls.
Thru the strong desire of our generous ANCOP supporters to reach out the needy, the walk event donations and registration fees generated an amount of $ 70,000.00. Your active participation made this event a huge success.
In behalf of ANCOP Int’l Canada and the thousands of children and families whose lives have been changed in a very positive way, we sincerely thank you all for your generosity and love for the poor.
“May our Lord God Bless us all for our endeavour”.