Former councilor Louie Reyes, now an environmentalist, celebrated his birthday at the orphanage with school children and friends.
“I hope I could do this every year,” said Reyes.
He said he “copied and modified the idea” of celebrating birthdays with a cause from a certain Atty. Bangsil.
A member of the Knights of Columbus, Reyes said officials of the organization told him to do good things while he is still young.
In his speech, he said two books – “12 Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country” by Alexander Lacson and “Simplify and Live the Good Life” by Bo Sanchez” also inspired him to help more people and celebrate his birthday with a cause.
Meanwhile, Sister Florentina M. Montemayor, Apostolate directress of Children’s Home, told Punto Central Luzon that of the 32 children, 10 of them are studying in high school; one in college at the Pampanga Agricultural College in Magalang, one in a vocational school and the rest in public elementary schools.
“We’re very happy that one of them, Argine Olituguit, is now in college and we hope that we could find more sponsors who are willing to help,” she said.
“We are also looking for schools who are willing to give scholarships to this children,” she added.
Children’s Home, Montemayor said, only relies on walk in donations and does not have regular or permanent donors and sponsors.
Established in 1976, the orphanage helps children who have “special” problems and whose families are indigent.
Montemayor said they want to accommodate more beneficiaries but the money they receive are not enough to sustain more than 30 children.