Commonwealth Bank Rallies for Yolanda Victims

image004

 

God has blessed our efforts today towards the Yolanda Appeal.

With the foundational support of Pinoy employees working at the CBA Parramatta Offices, we raised $1,957.60 today.

From this experience, I personally gained an insight into the spirit and methodology of ANCOP.   I’ve had my ‘lo-bat moments’ but I was always encouraged.  It’s really different when CFC is caretaking. Today was definitely a team effort of CFC and non-CFC Filipinos. Even management was surprised with the turnout. People lined up in  40 degree heat to participate.

The problem of being confronted with a hungry crowd (who were not strangers – as they were our workmates and bosses) was really testing. We even ran out of supplies twice and needed to do two trips to Woolworths in the space of 1 hour!!!  Last night, [when] I did my 3rd subject MBA exam - It surprisingly went really well. I felt guided….So even when the setbacks were mounting,   I [did not feel the need to cross]  the line from peace to panic.

God really [have] a heart for the poor, and he blesses all who share in His same heart. I felt so blessed to have my CFC brothers and sisters surround me at work. I received encouragement at just the right times.  I pray that this little we have raised multiply at the faithful and capable hands of CFC and ANCOP in the Philippines.

by O. Molina

So you think you can Dance-for a Scholar

you can dance flyer

In solidarity with our brethren affected by typhoon Yolanda!

We will have a low-key ( instead of high tea) year-end fellowship on 23 Nov after the dance workouts by our sisters.

The committee would like to ask each chapter to instead of spending too much to bake your favourite treats and bring to the "high tea" fellowship, let's just please bring pandesal and drinks - enough for each chapter. The committee will provide "filling (palaman)for the pandesal.

Again, $8 per family to go to ANCOP!  Let's pray and excite our members and encourage them to please attend this year end event.

by M. Capistrano

Update – Typhoon Yolanda Appeal

Project-PEARLS-photo

In my prayer time this morning, I was reminded of this gospel reading and immediately had visions of the suffering people back in the Philippines. I praise & thank God that a lot of us had answered the call .

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matt 25:37-40

Our everyday hero campaign has exceeded our target of $10,000 . I am seeing a lot of non-CFC people donating, so those who have campaigned in their work place, among friends and families are being rewarded with their efforts. But brothers and sisters we need to appeal to more people. Let’s not limit what we can achieve by not giving it our best effort. Continue to spread the message around.

For those who have not responded yet, here’s again the link you can put your donation on and also at the same time forward to your workmates,friends and families.

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/haiyan-typhoon-appeal

Our CFC Executive Director George Campos had sent this update. You may pass this on to those who are or would be asking where and how their donation is being handled.

Update as of Nov 13, 2013 - CFC and ANCOP Mobilization

Note: all relief goods are for all the victims (Couples for Christ and non Couples for Christ members)

  1. Established base in Ormoc City - bringing relief goods, financial support as well as people to volunteer for the clearing operations. However, they are stuck in Ormoc since they were cautioned in going to Tacloban as lawless elements are said to be holding up relief goods along the road.
  2. Base in Samar, while a support group led by Ricky Rico (CFC area head of Samar) will be on their way this weekend to Tacloban via Samar.
  3. The Port of Tacloban is unusable. Only bancas can use it. The big boats wait far from the shore and the bancas are used to transport the goods to shore.
  4. Medical Mission tentative for Nov 23-24, 2014 – Dr. Joe Yamamoto is currently working on the ground to assess the health needs.
  5. Preparation to deliver generators and chain saw to equip those who lost their homes with the tools needed for them to build their own homes. There are a lot of timber available from the downed coconut trees. They could cut the trees into useable length to be used as boards and posts. ANCOP has available design for coco lumber homes.

Detailed report from Bro. George Campos in Manila:

As of Nov. 13, global CFC ANCOP has released $10,952 (P460,000) worth of goods and cash for the relief operations in the Visayas.

Details are as follows (all in pesos)

For food, water and personal effects

  1. Capiz - 10K
  2. Aklan - 25K
  3. Iloilo - 10k
  4. Masbate - 15K
  5. Cebu - 50k
  6. Leyte - 250k

For carpentry tools: Build for Christ initiative

  1. Western Visayas (4 provinces @25k each) - 100K

Total Released as of 11/13/13 - 460k

 Additional funds to be released on 11/14/13

  1. Samar - 50k
  2. Leyte - 100k

 

4 of the jerry cans are now in Ormoc, Leyte. Additional jerry cans and Abalze t-shirts will be flown in thru the PAF C130 flight on friday.

 Our response to the relief at Leyte depends on the capability of the CFC Cebu team to source materials and the capability of the CFC Ormoc team to handle and distribute the goods. We do not want to store much goods in Ormoc due to security and safety considerations.

Information is still slowly trickling in from other provinces.

 We are now opening a new hub for the relief operation. Naga, CamSur and Legaspi City, Albay will now be servicing Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

 The CFC GMC is accepting relief goods and will be shipping to the Visayas by next week.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Updates as of Nov 12, 2013 our Typhoon Yolanda

  1. Report from Manila -

Widespread and serious devastation in Visayas provinces. Leyte, Eastern Samar, Bantayan, Cebu, Roxas-Capiz, Iloilo, including Busuanga, Palawan. Access is extremely difficult. We have mobilized Cebu for the relief for Leyte and Bantayan. Eastern Samar and Busuanga have no communication yet as of now. We are deploying the jerry cans and relief funds via Cebu and directly to Roxas.

  1. As per my conversation with the Philippine Embassy this afternoon relief items are pouring in the Philippines and with the funds we release $3000 and possible another $4K by next week for Medical mission. With this said we will address immediate needs, then, medical mission, then rehabilitation for long term effect. Already we building 10 homes in Southern Leyte and Bro Ricky will be looking for a site in or near Tacloban City to build homes for our kababayan.

 Please continue to include the Philippines in your prayers. God is in control and we trust Him. 

by G. Rael