2018Ancop Valentines

ANCOP Valentine 2018

My husband and I have not attended a dance party for quite some time now.  That’s why, when we were invited to the ANCOP Valentines Dance Party at St Marys College, Stanhope Gardens last 17th of February, we took the opportunity to go on a Valentines date for a cause. 

The simple Parish hall was easily converted into an elegant ballroom with the camaraderie of fine men and women donned in their 60’s, 70s, 80’s outfit in the spirit of fun. I was seated with my dear friends who were all members of Couples for Christ, the organisers of this charity event.

The evening kicked off with an evening of medley dances like rock and roll, salsa and diverse ballroom dances.   It didn’t take long before I gave in to the prodding of my long-suppressed dancing shoes.  Then, dinner was served.  The food was good, prepared with love by Couples for Christ volunteers. After the dinner, there was a presentation about ANCOP, its mission and vision and its works in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.  I learned that through this Valentines dance fund raising, we are able to participate in the Education Sponsorship Program of ANCOP and help families find hope through education.

Through a simple Valentines party, we were able to achieve a noble cause.  And it was very touching to see the unity Couples for Christ in putting together an event to uplift the lives of our poor brethren, opening opportunities for them to help themselves.  Through this event, I was also reminded of our unity with the Catholic Church in addressing the social issues of our times especially those affecting the poor.

-R & J Esteban
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ANCOP Car raffle celebrates win for families

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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.

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ANCOP Team with
Chatswood Toyota and Staywell Group
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@ 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.

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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
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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.