2018-19AA Lira Sarmiento Capco

AA for Blacktown

Blactown

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!

Lira's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018Ancop Valentines

2018-19AA Bobby Edmilao

AA for Hawkesbury

You can make a difference

Please visit Bobby's Everyday Hero Page
Help him reach his fundraising goal: $1,500

Hawkesbury

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

Bobby's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018Ancop Valentines

2018-19AA Helen Villalba-Festejo

AA for Handmaids of the Lord

You can make a difference

Please visit Helen's Everyday Hero Page
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

Helen's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018Ancop Valentines

2018-19AA Dr. Gemma Victorino-Perez

AA for Western Deanery

You can make a difference

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

Western Deanery

A blessed day to you brothers and sisters.
My name is Gemma Perez from Western Deanery Chapter, currently working as a General Practitioner. I have been married to my husband Roy for 22 months now, and I've never been happier.

For some time though, I’ve felt I needed to reconnect or rekindle my personal relationship with our Lord Jesus. I felt renewed and joyful after we graduated from the Christian Life Program, in August last year.  I wanted to do more, but didn’t quite know what to do. A couple of weeks before I was asked to be an ambassador, (during our Household meeting) we talked about being called by God, and how He always equips the person He has called to serve. At first I was reluctant to accept the call — because I felt I am not the right person for it. I prayed for discernment and I got my answer. This is it: this is the one I’ve been praying for.

This is God’s gift to me. And this is also my chance to give something back to God, and His underprivileged children — for all the blessings and graces He has given me and my family.

I’m hoping that with this opportunity, I will be able to return, even but a fraction of His love and kindness to others.

I chose to rekindle the gift.

It was offered and I accepted.

And now I will use and embrace this gift to thank, praise and glorify His name. To God be all the glory. 

Gemma's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery

2018Ancop Valentines
DSC_6522

ANCOP Car raffle celebrates win for families

DSC_6522

It was a perfect day to celebrate!

3 pm, 11 November 2017
@ Auburn Picnic Garden.

As customary, the car raffle draw was held to top off Couples for Christ Global Mission’s (CFC) Family Day.

<<<

ANCOP Team with
Chatswood Toyota and Staywell Group
representatives
@ 2017 Family Day Car Raffle Draw
Kids wrestled their energies in the jumping castle while parents were decorating the pavilion with buntings and photo booth corners.  The ‘Kuyas’ and ‘Ates’ (older male and female siblings) were organising games, women were busy setting up the food while a couple of men were tirelessly chopping lechon (roast pig). There were presentations for cheers and chant and dances and of course community prayer and worship.

(please Scroll down to Read More...)

chatswood toyota
forexlogo small
Staywell logo small

It was a day of gathering the family and being with other families.  But, miles and miles beyond, we were celebrating together with hundreds of endangered families in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands who are beneficiaries or past beneficiaries of CFC-ANCOP’s mission with the poor.  After all, when we send a poor child to school, we help ease the burden that financial strain often brings to couples who are the pillars of the family.  When we provide employment-generating skills to fathers and mothers, it is a hope that sparks joy and peace of mind in the home.  When we provide housing for victims of calamities, it is an encouragement for the family to come together and gather strength despite the challenges amidst them.  At the heart of CFC-ANCOP’s mission with the poor is strengthening families which is at the core of every properly functioning society.  Beyond, calling it a donation, every giving to CFC-ANCOP is actually one’s participation in this partnership with every family in this network, both givers and receivers.

Let us then take this opportunity to thank all of you who took time to get to know, supported and promoted ANCOP’s work through this car raffle (and other events we had this year).  Thank you for our corporate partners past and present.

Through your generosity and tireless efforts and prayers from the entire CFC-ANCOP team, the car raffle allowed us to generate over $80,000.  This means, ANCOP can sustain the cost of education and livelihood training of over 600 students-beneficiaries for next year.  This is a miracle considering 3 weeks before the draw, the amount of tickets sold was only a slim margin above $8000!  Mores so, at the planning stage, we targeted gross ticket sales at $90,000 albeit knowing this was a really big and hard target to achieve. It was announced during the draw that we were shy from the target but a huge achievement nevertheless.   But, God is a God of surprises.  The winner of the car told us that they actually wanted and even prayed that if they win, they will donate the car back to ANCOP.  Our joy overflows in behalf of all the children and families who will benefit from this event.  God really answers the cry of the poor!

 

by C. Argana
Forex photo 1

ANCOP and Forexworld: Delivering love and hope to Filipino families

"Go out there and do your best and know that there are people out in the world who really care about and love you and hope that you become successful through the program (of ANCOP); grab the opportunity with both hands, work hard, and stay positive.”

This is the message of Enrique Campos Jr., Director of Forexworld Australia, to the beneficiaries of CFC ANCOP Australia.  ANCOP is short for Answering the Cry of the Poor and is an Australian charity organisation whose main work is encouraging poor families to strive their way out of poverty through education.

Both Forexworld and ANCOP find congruence in their desire to strengthen the family—connecting and delivering a symbol of their love and presence to the family members left behind in the Philippines.  Forexworld started in 1997 as a cargo business delivering balikbayan boxes catering to Filipinos in Australia who are sending goods back home.  As Campos Jr. said, “…whether it’s Christmas or not, if there is a balikbayan box that arrives, it’s kind of like Christmas again.  Everyone gathers around and open this box full of love as the person here put a lot of time and effort in sending something…”  The company then added money remittance to their business in 2004 for those families here in Australia who are better off, to help their less fortunate family members back home.

Aside from expanding into the travel business in 2009, a few years ago, Forexworld also added food delivery into their remittance product.  Through their partners in the Philippines, Filipino-Australians can now be a part of every family parties and gatherings back home by contributing to the occasion through food like Jollibee and Max’s.

Forex Photo 2
Forex photo 3
MOU

Toyota Chatswood gets behind ANCOP Australia

toyota owaf

Toyota Chatswood and CFC ANCOP Australia renew their partnership to raise funds to help poor families in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island.

For the second time running, Toyota Chatswood is providing the grand prize of a new Corolla Ascent Sport for the biennial car raffle fund raising activity of ANCOP.

Chatswood and Ryde Toyota Managing Director, Ian Mayer, commended ANCOP for the terrific wok that they do. Mr Mayer himself lived in the Philippines for two years as a child when his father, an executive for Qantas was assigned to work in Manila in 1969. That’s why, when ANCOP approached Toyota to be a partner for the fundraising event, Mr Mayer said “it was a natural fit”.

“Every company or every executive who has the opportunity to help should always help. You’re a highly valued organisation and our business tries to be highly valued as well. We have four core values and we try to live those everyday”, explained Mr Mayer.This month of September, their staff raised about $50,000 for children and adults living with cerebral palsy.Mr Mayer added that there are many worthwhile causes and it’s important to go out there and support the community.

- C. Argana
DSC_0505
behind prototype
MOU
ancop christmas with aetas2016

ANCOP Christmas Gift Giving 2016

It's been a Christmas tradition for the Auburn-Bankstown chapter of CFC Australia to fundraise for the Aeta communities of Capas, Tarlac. The money is used to buy food items and other necessities to be distributed around Jan-Feb the following Year.

Lito Policarpio (Ancop head in the Tarlac province) facilitated the distribution of goods on the 12 of February 2017, to 125 families from 3 ANCOP villages - Patal Bato, Santa Juliana and Magurlu.

The event which was originally organised by Dom and Josie Pangilinan and later on have been spearheaded by Cleng Estigoy. Dom and Josie are still providing continuous support to these communities on their own on a regular basis. 

ANCOP Australia would like to thank all who donated to make all this possible.

2016-17AA Qwayne Guevarra

AA for Singles for Christ

Quayne Guevarra

Hello! My name is Qwayne. I am the 2016 SFC ANCOP Ambassador Australia.

I was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia as a one year old, with my parents hoping for my brother and I to receive a good education. Their sacrifices have helped me understand the value of education. Without the opportunity to be educated my life would be very different.
I fly back to the Philippines often to visit family. Whenever I visit, I struggle most when I witness the realities of living in a third world country.

Good education, for many children, is simply a dream - too far to reach.

The Year of Mercy ,declared by Pope Francis, calls us to something deeper – to conversion in our own lives so that we can bring the face of God’s mercy to the world. How good it is for us for our generation to be called to be more merciful and generous!
CFC ANCOP (Answering the Crying of the Poor) is an organisation I wholeheartedly believe in. Their work paves the way for disadvantaged children to receive an education and as such opportunities for a better life for themselves and their family.
I am confident that education creates hope – a hope that changes the world. Education is a gift that is so vital in a child's development, but on a grander scale, so necessary in creating a world that is good, true and beautiful.

Qwayne's ANCOP Awareness/Fundraising Gallery