I was almost drained and famished when I arrived home last night, late as usual. But I was revived when my brother handed me a white envelope.
That reminded me of an encounter with Joyce Puntero. It was five weeks ago, to be exact, when I was interrupted by her during rush hour in a supermarket. With a sweet smile, she asked me to join a signature campaign for UNICEF’s Champions for Children. Due to haste (I went to South Supermarket to buy something during break time at work), I signed right away. But when she started talking, I considered listening. Three minutes, she promised, but I seemed to be mesmerized. I lingered.
On July 23, the day I met the Unicef’s fundraiser, I joined the campaign by pledging as a donor. I became an official Champion for Children, not because I am an avid fan of Gary Valenciano, UNICEF National Ambassador, neither persuaded by Joyce. I even wanted to stop her when I panicked, I would almost be late for another class during our encounter. While she was explaining, I was impressed to support the program because I was reminded of the GREAT CHAMPION for CHILDREN and LOVER of CHILDREN, JESUS. He’s also the Great Healer, the Great Teacher and the Great Provider.
Though I used to be on a tight budget and sometimes lacking, I didn’t hesitate to join because I know, that’s a small amount yet I can support 6 children each month to have better health and education. I did this in memory of my younger brother Ben Jathniel, who passed away at the age of 12 last year due to unexpected illness, Typhoid Encephalitis. For me, I was more inspired to help kids to obtain proper health support and to have better tomorrow.
I’m not used to letting my left hand know what my right hand did, but I’m encouraged to share this joy of sharing. Jesus is my best inspiration for through Him, I am reminded that the Kingdom of Heaven is for those of child-like faith and child-like humility.
“Champions for Children is a community of individuals whose regular contributions enable a growing number of Filipino children to enjoy the right to education, healthcare and nutrition as well as protection from neglect, abuse and exploitation.”~UNICEF
You too can join this campaign and be a Champion for Children. Kindly visit this link for further details:
*Photo credits to Wylee Villegas, taken during the PYC “Empowered” Outreach on Dec. 22, 2010 at Pulong Sta Cruz, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
*Photo credits to Jarelene N., taken on May 1, 2010 @ Laguna during the culmination of the Youth Congress “Reach Out and Save” (I was one of the speakers)
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