2018-19AA Simone Bautista

AA for Singles for Christ NSW

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Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $5,000


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

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2018-19AA Rachel Bernabe

AA for Canberra ACT


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.

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2018-19AA Erika Mae Lu

AA for Darwin NT

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Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $5,000


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! 🙂


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2018-19AA Kayen Dapar

AA for Melbourne - Southwest Chapter VIC

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Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $10,000


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!

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2018-19AA Alyzza Salcedo

AA for Cairns North QLD


"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.

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2018-19AA Rose Greenrod

AA for Adelaide SA



I am Rose Narag-Greenrod, from Adelaide, Australia. I have been married to Matthew Greenrod for six years, and we are blessed with three beautiful kids, Maximilian, 5, Olivia, 3 and Augustine who is nine months old now.

My mother and father have been wonderful parents to me and my brother and sisters. They have worked hard to provide a stable foundation for all of us. My parents did everything so that six of us can finish college - to give us the opportunity to study and complete our education. They have taught me and my siblings, invaluable lessons about hard work, marriage, parenting, relationships, service to God and how to care and help other people even in our small little way. My parents taught me to give especially to the people who needed most. My mum has been a great influence on me. She taught us to be generous with others. Anyone who knows my mum knows she's one of the most generous people in the world. She's always happy to lend a hand or help someone out if she can. It's from her that I've learned to be (or tried to be) a giving person. That’s why when they asked me to be an ambassador: I discerned and received an answer to my prayer. Even if my hands are full at the moment, I believe that God called me to multiply the time and gift that He has given me, to serve others through ANCOP.

I praise and thank Him for giving me this opportunity. Thank you for your support and kindness. May God bless you and reward you a thousandfold, as you have put a smile on the faces of the less privileged. To God be the glory!

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 

1 Peter 4:10

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2018-19AA Maria Bleisha Rivera

AA for Auburn/Bankstown

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Help her reach her fundraising Goal: $5,000


"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.

It's not how much we give
but how much love we put into giving.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin."

Mother Theresa

Greetings in Christ. My name is Ma Bleisha Rivera and I am the 2018 ANCOP Ambassador for the Auburn/Bankstown Chapter. I have been married to Andrew Rivera for 12 years and we have been blessed with three beautiful, healthy and loving children – Alejandro, Andre and Bianca. Andrew and I have been members of the Couples for Christ community since 2007.

I was born and raised in the Philippines. Through my parents’ hard work and dedication, my five siblings and I experienced a simple and happy childhood. My parents did all they could in their power to give us the opportunity to study and finish our education.

I will forever be grateful to my mother who made enormous sacrifices as she worked overseas so that she could send all of us to school. Through my mother and father, I learned the importance of love, compassion and selflessness.

This year, as an ANCOP ambassador, I am truly blessed to have the chance to give back what I have received.  Keeping in my heart the same values that my parents have instilled in me, I hope I could share my blessings especially with children in need. I humbly ask you to join me in supporting our young ANCOP scholars and ensure that they continue to get access to education – education that without our help, they can only dream of.

I sincerely thank you in advance for your generous hearts. Your donation, regardless of the amount, will go a long, long way. Again, thank you and may the peace of our Lord be always with you.

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2018-19AA Lira Sarmiento Capco

AA for Blacktown


A generous person will prosper;
Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

-Proverbs 11:25

My name is Lira Capco, from Blacktown NSW Chapter. Married for 12 years to my Husband Edwin. We joined CFC in 2013. We have been blessed with two wonderful boys. Our eldest is Liam now 10 years old and Lucas 4 years old. They are our inspiration to be the best that we can be every day.

Growing up, my parents had always taught us the importance of helping others no matter what the circumstances may be.  As my Papa would always say, any act of kindness will go a long way.  It doesn’t always necessarily mean giving money, it can be sharing our time, talents or just simply being nice can uplift others.  This is how we want to raise our kids as well  in an environment where sharing and caring happen.

I would pray to God to always show me the opportunity to help.  When I was asked to be the ANCOP Ambassador for our chapter, I said yes without thinking twice because I knew that this was the answer to my prayer. 

 I may not be the best person for this role, but I believe that with God’s grace, guidance, and all your support I will be an instrument to enrich the lives of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.  This is my way of giving back to the community for all the countless blessings that God has been showering me and my family.  I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. May God be praised!

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2018-19AA Bobby Edmilao

AA for Hawkesbury

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Help him reach his fundraising goal: $1,500


Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.

-Proverbs 19:17

I am Bobby Edmilao and I am the Hawkesbury Chapter ANCOP Ambassador for 2018. I joined
Couples for Christ in 2007 and with the help of my lovely wife, Grace, served as Household Head and Kids for Christ Coordinator. We are blessed with four wonderful children who give us enormous joy and pride.

During my student days at University of Santo Tomas, I was a member of Pax Romana a religious student arm dedicated to promoting social justice and Catholic value formation inside and outside of the university.  Through various outreach community services, I witnessed the dire situations of the people in the slum areas of Manila and this made me realize the extent of poverty in our country. My eyes were further opened to the plights of the poor when I was doing rural service as a medical student in Bulacan and Quezon province. I have witnessed how poverty has stripped patients with dignity and hope and made them physically, mentally and spiritually sick. This ignited my passion to help the disadvantaged and since then joined numerous medical surgical missions all over the country and performed free cataract surgeries.

When I moved to Australia in 2005, I was privileged enough to continue this work by being a Paramedic, and now I am helping people with alcohol and drug addiction under the NSW Justice Health program.

I thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity to serve through the ANCOP Ambassador program. And I appeal to your generous hearts to help us raise funds  so together, we can help break the cycle of poverty through provision of good education and values formation to underprivileged children.

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform;
on its foundation, rest the cornerstones of freedom and democracy and sustainable development.”

- Kofi Anan

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2018-19AA Helen Villalba-Festejo

AA for Handmaids of the Lord

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Help her reach her Fundraising Goal: $10,000

Helen Villalba-Festejo

“Learn to have less so that others could have more”. “We are but channels of God’s kindness.” 
“Share the little you have and it will be returned tenfold”.  

My name is Helen Festejo, from Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD) Parramatta-Blacktown Area. I am married to Macario Festejo III for 23 years now and we have been blessed with 2 daughters, Julienne 19, and Ysabella 14. I joined HOLD in July 2014.   My husband could not join me then because of work commitments.

ANCOP stands for Answering the Cry of the Poor. Of all its works, the Education Sponsorship Program is closest to my heart. I am convinced that Education offers hope and frees people from poverty. To the impoverished areas of the world, this is a gateway to social transformation.  When I was shown the work of ANCOP and asked to be the messenger, I could not turn my gaze elsewhere.  I am humbled to be called to serve God and His people in this capacity. It was also a timely invitation in this Year of the Poor. I feel that this is my call to action.

The plight of the poor is not new to me.  While I was not born materially rich, neither could I say that I was born poor. But my parents were.


Both our parents drummed in our heads - that it is through Education that they got out of poverty.  That "education breaks the cycle of poverty " was my father’s catchphrase. We grew up witnessing people turn up at our doorstep  usually in the early hours of morning when we would all be busy getting ready for school.  Sometimes, we would be instructed to put some rice in a small bag, and hand to the visitor; while my mom would hand out some money.  In those times, my siblings and I did not think we had much to be able to give, in fact the life we had was modest but our parents always said: “Learn to have less so that others could have more”, “We are but channels of God’s kindness” , “Share the little you have and it will be returned tenfold”.  

I did not fully realize the magnitude and fruits of those little actions until I went home in 2005 to bury my father.  Mothers, fathers, beneficiaries of my father’s kindness came in numbers.  “I owe my life to your family”; “My daughter /son would not have gone to school without the help of your family’.  “I am where I am now because your family helped me”. Many of them now have decent jobs, living their dreams and more importantly paying forward. Kindness is being duplicated and multiplied.  Indeed, the blessings came not only in tenfold, but in hundredfold! Thousandfold!   And we have been truly enriched by them.

Because of this, I vowed to continue their legacy: to help where I can whenever I can.  When I was invited to be an ANCOP Ambassador - I said ‘Yes’ without hesitation - although my husband and I are already supporting a similar program in the Philippines.  I did not think of how difficult it would be for me to fit this humungous task in my already busy schedule. I could only think of the many people who could benefit from this endeavour. I could only count in my head how many people can become agents of change, if they are made aware of this mission. And I can only think of the many people whose lives will be improved as a result of this effort.  I can’t imagine the work to be free from obstacles, but I believe in my heart that if this is the work of God, He will send people to help me.  


 “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” 

~ St Augustine of Hippo

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