CFC ANCOP Ambassador 2020-2021

The CFC ANCOP Australia’s Ambassador Program continues in 2020-21. The Ambassador campaign is a biennial event that has been running since 2012 and is one of the fundraising activities unique to ANCOP Australia.

The campaign takes place over a period of several months, beginning in March. During this time, representatives from each state/territory or chapters take on the role of ANCOP ambassadors. As ambassadors for ANCOP, they spread awareness of the work of ANCOP and foster among CFC members and the wider community ANCOP’s vision which is “Families in the Holy Spirit sharing God’s transforming love with the poor”.

The ambassadors will raise funds for education as administered by CFC ANCOP Global Foundation in the Philippines and CFC ANCOP organisations in the Oceania Region

“Our aim is to contribute to ANCOP’s global goal of “40 @ 40”, meaning, reach out to 40,000 families by the time CFC celebrates its 40th year anniversary in 2021”, says Nick Vargas, the head of the 2020 Ambassador Program.

The ANCOP ambassadors present to all the households in Couples for Christ. They also coordinate with their local ANCOP team in organising fundraising activities and events during the campaign period. The National ANCOP Ambassador title will go to the ambassador who has raised the most funds during the campaign period.

“To broaden the reach of ANCOP, we will promote this program throughout Australia, to include or encourage the involvement of people and community groups outside of CFC”, added Nick.

Former National ANCOP Ambassador Ian Alcazar from Melbourne was the recipient of the special award for having raised the largest amount of funds from outside of the CFC community. “I realised that as an ambassador, part of my responsibility is to turn other people into advocates for ANCOP,” he says. The 2018-2019 Ambassador program raised a total of AUD 294,000.

The 2020 program concludes in early August, with all ambassadors coming together at the ANCOP Proclamation Night - to be held in Melbourne for the first time this year.

Nick Vargas exhorts, “This 2020, we hope to see 100% of all households committing to sponsor a child’s education, so that we can move closer to the global direction of 40@40.

“We pray for the ambassadors of 2020-2021, that they may be able to inspire others and spread awareness of the work of ANCOP. We also pray for more open hearts and homes for the coming campaign, so that we can continue supporting our over 1,000 scholars in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands”.

2018-19AA Arnold Tan

AA for Perth WA

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Hi! My name is Arnold "Jongjong" Tan. I was born and raised in a foggy place called Diplahan, Zamboanga del Sur. I did not come from a rich family that's why I strived harder to have a good future. Migrated to Australia year 1991. Married to my beloved wife, Noemi Tan for 25yrs and we are blessed with three wonderful and loving sons, Gerald 23, Jayden 16 and Patrick 12 years old.

I work as a Senior Instrumentation Service Engineer for Hach Pacific.

Joined CFC community year 2013 and have been active since then. Last year I became a Household leader of Belmont Unit Perth, WA.

I am blessed and thankful to be the ANCOP Ambassador 2018 for Perth, Western Australia. I truly believed that this is the way I can repay the Lord for all the goodness He has done to me.

ANCOP (Answering The Cry Of The Poor) This opportunity will not change only the lives of the student scholars but also the lives of their families.
It is the hope of ANCOP Ambassador that this life-changing program will not only motivate the scholars to strive more and study harder but also provide the same opportunity to children who were once like them.

Extend your helping hands by spreading the goodwill as this is a never-ending chain which will make the goodness of CFC-ANCOP in many years to come.

"If you want a Love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."

-Mother Teresa-

Thank you very much, and May God bless you a thousand folds! To God be the glory.😊

Arnold's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Ian Alcazar

AA for Melbourne VIC

You can make a difference

Please visit Ian's Everyday Hero Page
Help him reach his fundraising Goal: $10,000

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My name is Ian Alcazar, and I am the ANCOP Ambassador for Melbourne's North and South East for 2018-2020. I joined the CFC Community through one of its family ministry, Youth for Christ back in 2008; Today, I am now a member of the Singles for Christ.

Earlier this month, I lived with a family living in a resettlement village in Taysan, Albay built and supported by ANCOP Community Development Programme (CDP) for almost a week.

The villagers are full of life and love despite their very modest accommodation, a far cry from their old homes where the looming threat of eviction, sleeping without a roof over their heads or being swept by a calamity is a reality. It is in their village where hope and dreams are built through faith and a renewed sense of optimism; that they have a chance for a better future.

In this, I experienced how the help of charities like ANCOP can transform people lives.

It is easy to feel detached from the plights of the less fortunate especially when we are living in the comfort of a first world country. The recent trip reinforced the fact that they more than just number from the statistics we see. Each has their own stories, stories of hardship, resilience, inspiration, and happiness, that our help can really make a lasting positive impact on them.

 

With this, I am inspired to take on the role as an Ambassador - inspired to let the world know of their plights and what we can do to help them dream and achieve a better future.

Together, let’s help open the door to a brighter future for poor children and families.

Ian's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Simone Bautista

AA for Singles for Christ NSW

You can make a difference

Please visit Simone's Everyday Hero Page
Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $5,000

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Hi, my name is Simone, and i’m currently serving in SFC NSW (City-Bankstown). I transitioned into this ministry in 2015 from YFC Campus-Based. I currently work and volunteer for St Vincent de Paul Society in Sydney.

Back in 2014, I was given the opportunity to visit some of the villages in the Philippines which ANCOP assists during a YFC Oceania Great Adventure Tour (OGAT). Through this social ministry and immersion, I was able to see how the charity supports many families and their children by funding their education and providing work opportunities.

I was able to witness the great difference it makes in their lives. I also felt the joy and love when I was welcomed by some of the families -- despite them living a very simple life and not having a lot of the things which many of us take for granted.

This experience is something that I’ve kept close to my heart, and I have decided to help give back by making a commitment over the next few months to help raise money as an ambassador. By supporting ANCOP, we are making a difference as it allows them to continue their mission and amazing works across the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

“We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.”

- St Vincent de Paul

Simone's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Rachel Bernabe

AA for Canberra ACT

You can make a difference

Rachel's is participating in the
Canberra Running Festival
to Raise Awareness for ANCOP
Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $2000

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Hi, I want to introduce myself. My name is Rachel Bernabe. I am 19 years old, studying a BA in Communications in Public Relations and BA in Event and Tourism Management, and I work part-time at a local market. I am a member of CFC Youth for Christ. And I am also the ACT’s new ANCOP Ambassador! I’m so excited about this new role! It gives me a chance to help the poor, through the work of this organisation called ANCOP.

I decided to accept the role of Ambassador because it is an organisation very close to my heart. I strongly believe in the cause and its mission. As Ambassador, my role is to raise awareness for the work of ANCOP and to rally support for its many programs.

I am so blessed that I haven't experienced the hardships that many suffer through daily and I really want to give back for all those blessings I have received. Here is a chance for you to help me, but more importantly, to help the poor.

Together, let’s help open the door to a brighter future for poor children and families.

Rachel's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Erika Mae Lu

AA for Darwin NT

You can make a difference

Please visit Erika's Everyday Hero Page
Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $5,000

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Hi, I am Erika Lu from Darwin, NT. I proudly serve in CFC - Singles for Christ. I came from a small, simple and loving family and was raised in the province of Albay, north of the Philippines. Just like you, I belong to a family filled with hopes and dreams. Australia was a blessing to us - it has given us so much opportunity to prepare for a better life and future.

This year, I am blessed and honoured to be an advocate of HOPE.

I do not come from a rich family, but one thing I will always be thankful for is my parent’s gift of EDUCATION. They always reminded me of the value of knowledge and how it will help me when I grow up. I am so excited to be the Northern Territory’s ANCOP (ANswering the Cry Of the Poor) Ambassador!

I recently celebrated my birthday in a special kind of way where my family and I organised a party in a remote area in my hometown, Albay. It was heart melting to see the look on the children’s faces when they saw Jollibee, a popular mascot for my favourite fast-food chain in the Philippines. Imagine innocent smiley faces turning into astonishment as they saw Jollibee was real! Their priceless reactions will always be in my heart.

It made me realise how my small gesture was BIG for them! That I made something REAL for them. It made me more grateful for all the friends I have, the people in the community I belong to and serve, all the inspirational people I have met, and everything that I have.

If you ask me the question, “What does the campaign mean to you, Erika?” I would answer by starting a quote from my favourite saint, St Therese of Calcutta: ‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’ This campaign will not mean popularity or success for me. It means we can make a difference by helping them achieve their dreams today!

I believe in the reality of a good education, and I’m doing my best to finish my Bachelor’s Degree and do good works to glorify God while balancing all my other work and service commitments and family life. If you believe that yes, children are our future, please join me, and my fellow ANCOP Ambassadors as we raise funds for their education. Education will definitely equip and prepare our poor brothers and sisters to have better lives.
TODAY, please choose to make a DIFFERENCE.

No matter how small you give, you don’t know how BIG it can be for others. Let us begin today. Today, we will make a difference!
Let us all share our blessings to experience the joy of working together in love and service for the poor.

Thank you so much and God bless your generous and kind heart! 🙂

#ShareOurBlessingsAchieveTheirDreams

Erika's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Kayen Dapar

AA for Melbourne - Southwest Chapter VIC

You can make a difference

Please visit Kayen's Everyday Hero Page
Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $10,000

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My name is Kayen Dapar, and I’m the ANCOP ambassador for CFC Southwest Chapter in Melbourne.
I’m currently serving in Singles For Christ (SFC) Melbourne as a household head.

I accepted the challenge to be an ANCOP ambassador because I also came from very humble beginnings. I know exactly how it feels like to have nothing and been through countless of life’s hardships so that I can finish my studies. I was once a scholar provided by the Philippine government, and I must admit, without the scholarship program I may not be able to finish my degree on time. I am forever grateful for the tremendous opportunity given to me in order to pursue my dreams and aspirations in life.

My humble beginnings always remind me to appreciate even the little things that I have right now. With this, I want to pay it forward by spreading awareness about the works of CFC ANCOP; and to inspire more people to be a vessel of blessings from God.

I believe that education is not just a privilege of the few but a right to everyone.

I want the young dreamers out there especially ANCOP scholars to never give up their dreams and to keep the faith because nothing is impossible with God.

May God be praised!

Kayen's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018-19AA Alyzza Salcedo

AA for Cairns North QLD

You can make a difference

Please visit Alyzza's Everyday Hero Page
Help her reach her Fundraising Goal: $5,000

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"I believe that through the works of CFC ANCOP, we are able to care for and share our blessings to those in need"

Hi! My name is Angelique Alyzza “Lyz” Salcedo, and I am the North QLD ANCOP Ambassador. I joined the CFC community last 2010, and I have been serving in CFC Youth for Christ and CFC Singles for Christ.

Born and raised in a small town in North Cotabato Philippines, I’ve witnessed poverty beyond belief and have seen desperate situations that many poor families are immersed into, including very young children.

Having experienced a life of struggle as well, my family engraved in my heart the importance of humility and generosity. As my grandfather would always remind me, “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”.

Last 2016, I visited the Philippines again after migrating to Australia for 3 years. In companion with CFC - Youth for Christ Oceania members, we went to an ANCOP immersion, where we spent 4 days in an ANCOP village in Calape, Bohol. We had the opportunity to witness the works of CFC ANCOP firsthand through an ANCOP-built village, the family beneficiaries and their children. 

Ironically, it is us who have felt God’s overflowing grace through the love and hospitality that these families have shown us.

These experiences humbled me to the core, inspired me to go beyond my own needs, and ignited my passion - to serve and give back. Hence, when I was asked to become an ANCOP Ambassador, my heart knew straight away that my answer is “Yes!”. ANCOP – Answering The Cry Of The Poor, allows us to be a catalyst for change in one’s life. I believe that through the works of CFC ANCOP, we are able to care for and share our blessings to those in need. By providing education, the greatest gift that one can ever receive, we are able to give children and their families a brighter future.

As an ambassador, I am more than blessed to become an instrument of God’s mercy, to be able to radiate the gratefulness within my heart. I humbly ask you to join me and co-ambassadors as we proclaim and share this beautiful cause.

Together, we can be a source of God’s joy, mercy, and love for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu.

Thank you, and God bless.

Alyzza's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery