Indigenous Pinoys of Sierra Madre First Recipients

It has only been several months since we launched the FLIP FLOPS FOR A CAUSE PROJECT. We aim to share our blessings with our less fortunate brothers and sisters particularly in the Philippines. Theproject was launched by the Overseas Pinoys Care Movement, which is under the Global Citizens Care Movement, founded online by yours truly to show our needy fellow citizens that we care by sharing our blessings with them.

We've been collecting footwear, food, school supplies and toys to send to several Outreach Programs in the Philippines to benefit whole communities especially poor schoolchildren and their families.

Hence, it is with great pleasure that I wish to inform you that thanks to the generosity and overwhelming support from the local (and foreign) community- Filipinos, Australians, other nationalities,that we have turned over around 60 pairs of new footwear, mostly flip flops to our very first recipients through our Philippine Coordinator. They are the Indigenous Pinoys
from the Sierra Madre Mountains in Montalban Rizal.

Several communities in Sitio Puray, , Rizal and in Sitio Inuman, in Quezon are being helped by a group of young volunteers who set up a Feeding Program in those areas. Many of the people there are farmers who depend on only two harvests of rice a year. The children often had to cross several rivers
before they could go to school and often, some go barefoot if they can manage
at least three to four school days.

Pleasure of Giving

So we are happy to be involved supporting those people. We aware
of a similar project in ABSCBN, but said scheme gives only THONGS to
schoolchildren and then moves on. Our movement intends to do more -continuous,
round the year help to our target recipients. We still intend to provide poor
schoolkids and their families in Laguna, our original recipients, with the
pre-loved and new footwear, school supplies and food by June 2010 and at

Appeal to All Good Hearted People of The World

That's why we appeal to all goodhearted Filipinos,Australians and the international community in general to support the project which is non-denominational and non-political.

It has been launched online as membership spans around 20 countries from over the world!. Our members are Filipinos and other nationalities who believe in sharing even the smallest of their blessings to the disadvantaged. We might be far from our beloved country but our hearts still reach out to help our fellow Filipinos! Our small offerings are truly appreciated there too!

You are also welcome to join our movement as there are no membership fees. we are in Facebook, Multiply and Virtual Tourist. Just search for our name and you find us and our photos showing our recipients and distribution. We are happy to report we shall be sending more boxes in time for the Easter Sunday distribution. So keep you donations coming as they go to people who really are IN NEED!

We do not have a lot of face to face meetings, we meet online and those here
in Sydney meet only for socialising, mostly at Workers Club in Blacktown. We believe in LESS TALK, MORE ACTION!

Cash donations are not encouraged. For more information, do visit our online sites mentioned.

For more info,you can also email me at- marierea@tpg.com.au Note that the previous yahoo email(kumaritess@yahoo.com) had been removed due to yahoo's technical problems so it would not be used anymore for this purpose.

The distribution of 60 pairs of flip flops, however, was supposed to happen last
5th of March but unfortunately it had to be postponed due to the death from
food poisoning of Rolando Hernandez, grandfather of two of the volunteers of
the Feeding Program that our Movement (Overseas Pinoys Care) is supporting.

Mr. Hernandez, together with Jhon and Michael Hernandez plus three more
relatives fell ill after eating "salay-salay" a native fish sold in the fish
markets in the Philippines. The results of tests are still pending but this is
the suspected cause of the poisoning.

This event even made the news in the Philippines, both reported by ABSCBN and GMA-7.

WE would like to extend its condolences to the Hernandez family and hopes Jhon,Michael and their relatives would recover soon!

Our project is still ongoing, with a big box of flip flops, food, school supplies, stuffed toys to be shipped for Easter Sunday in time for the June school opening back home.My husband and I through his software company is paying for the freight costs.


Meanwhile, here's a list of donors/supporters who either have turned over or
pledged their donations and are promoting our project since it was launched
online (we are at FACEBOOK, MULTIPLY .) and VIRTUAL TOURIST,( just google it)
last 7th February 2010:

Philippine Sentinel Editor Dino Crescini- for allowing the paper's postal box
as drop off point for the donations.(PO Box 243 Doonside, NSW 2767 Australia)

Wendy Bell - she's a single Australian mum with 2 boys aged 12 and 18 who's
given brand new flip flops from her Avon products and a bag full of food -
noodles, tinned goods, etc plus school supplies. Wendy you're a treasure!(Hope she gets better soon too as she was recently bashed by a neighbour last weekend, there's a pending court case so I cannot tell you any more about it.

Sari- Sari Asian Store in Stanhope Gardens-pledges of footwear and foodstuffs (we've picked them up recently too)from generous owners Blessil and Robert.

VirtualTourist- pledged new flip flops (still awaiting their pledges, not sure if they are really sending,LOL!Stephanie first pledgedthem, now she said she's been given a new assignment so G is handling it. I wonder if this would ever happen, he,he,he...The problem with Americans is, they are quick to pedge and when it comes to delivery, we have to wait and see. Fingers crossed. No matter what happens, we're going to continue with our project, with or without the promised flip flops from VT!

Freddie Miranda (from Canada) - more donations he would hand in on his visit to Australia soon

Gian Carlo Lerum(from California, USA) footwear donations, also collecting at the hospital he's working in LA.

Marco Meneses from California, USA - sending 60 + footwear, mostly kids sizes of flip flops

Rea Software Pty. Ltd ( my husband's company ) sent the initial 60 pairs bought through the help of my brother, our Coordinator in the Philippines and for ongoing freight costs.

Jo N,( a veteran volunteer and supporter of many causes and projects ), also my Australian neighbour, for promoting and helping with the project.

Etsuko Urban- my yoga teacher, who gave me her address where we picked up last Easter Sunday 14 pairs of new and used footwear-flip flops, shoes, sandals .

There are still a lot more supporters who wish to remain anonymous and we are grateful for all the help. Special mention to my sons' classmates and husband's workmates for promoting and supporting the project in their workplace. To all of you, our heartfelt thanks!

  • Page Updated Apr 10, 2010
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    wonderful diasporian project. We in Ottawa, are also hosting a Wine Tasting to support Missionaries of Charity & St Leo Prmy School in their work with Aids Orphans

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