ORANI, Bataan – Helping is a matter of devoting time and effort above all.
This is what the Taga-Orani Ako (TOA) group and Bataan Running Club (BRC) proved in their recently held school supplies giving program at Sitio Pulo Malaki, Brgy. Kabalutan in this town last Saturday, June 23.
The said project that is now on its 5th year was a combined efforts of their members and donations from different people who openhandedly shared their resources, having reached out more than 160 kinder to grade 3 pupils.
According to TOA founder Randy C. Cabalona, this project started when he learned that he has been bringing joy and inspiration to his listeners in the radio station in his town way back 2013.
He used his popularity as an opportunity to invest in public relations for him to give back to the community and help other people with the funds and materials he receives from donors.
“Noong una sabi ko sa sarili ko pano ko sisimulan itong project na ito? Eh wala naman ako malaking budget, na baka di ko kayanin, pero naisip ko na meron naman akong sapat na time, may initiative naman akong ituloy ito. May mga kaibigan at mga kaneksyon naman ako. So doon na nag-start, nag-create ako ng group page na nag a-update about Orani,” he shared.
“Dumating ‘yung time na nakilala din [ang TOA], kaya nag-start na kong manawagan para sa sisimulan kong project, saka sa kung sino ang may kusang loob at kakayahan na mag-share ng ilang pirasong lapis at notebook, hanggang sa may mga kusa nang nag-PM at willing to help,” he added.
Meanwhile, this is the first year of the newly established BRC in this project. Their offer to Cabalona to join his group with this cause became a way to even further the happiness they give to the beneficiaries and the inspiration they bring to those who have the heart to help but do not have funds of their own.
This year, their program was highlighted with presentations of magic tricks, and contemporary dance by an Asia’s Got Talent finalist.
At the end of the program, they said that the supplies and umbrellas they distributed seemed to multiply- an indication that blessings truly overflowed.
Cabalona is eyeing for the expansion of the project he pioneered, reaching all 29 barangays in his home town.