Updated: Aug 15, 2020
FOGWA (Filipino Overseas Grateful Association)-CANADA, an organization for thirteen years now, is staying positive in a negative situation!
The current officers of the said organization spearheaded A Monetary Drive for “Pantawid-Tulong ng FOGWA-CANADA for Covid-19 Crisis ON April 9-26, 2020, everything is voluntary. Even though almost all of its members lose their jobs, the spirit of extending help to their relatives and “kababayans” back home are still very much alive. After almost a month of doing the campaign, FOGWA raised and donated virtually P100,000, enough to send and buy 200 sacks of 10 kilos rice@ and feed snacks for frontliners for four days. The beneficiaries of these good deeds are deserving families, mostly lives in barrios ore remote areas, in Laur, Nueva Ecija-Philippines, where the majority of the members came in.
It is overwhelming to know that everyone is still very willing to extend help and even ask how they can help more! It’s not the amount they voluntarily give, but the thoughts of helping out matters the most. Many parents and members encouraged their kids to get involved in the fundraising drive, which is touching. These acts of engaging & showing our kids make Filipino culture stronger and preserve, making them realized as well how privilege we are in this country.
“Masuwerte pa rin tayo kahit papaano dito sa Canada, may suporta tayo agad sa gobyerno” (We’re still fortunate here in Canada have immediate support from the government), Ms. Jovelyn Inocando, current President of FOGWA, added.
Also, FOGWA founder, Mr. Ferdie Gamboa, officers and some members were able to help one family whose mother had surgery and hospitalized. “As much as we wanted to help more those seeking help, our funds are also minimal because we a non-profit organization,” officers added.