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Walk in Love, Walk for the Poor with ANCOP Canada, USA
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A day before the major solar eclipse of 2017, the sun was full orange as it brightened up the landscape of downtown Toronto. It was a good day for the ANCOP Walk at David Pecaut Square. David Pecaut Square is only one of 18 walk points in Canada where CFC held the ANCOP Walk this year.


ANCOP is an acronym for “Answering the Cry of the Poor” and its mission and vision is to give hope and dignity to the poorest of the poor and alleviate poverty by providing shelter homes and through child education. The ANCOP Walk started in Vancouver 14 years ago.


ANCOP USA followed suit and adopted the ANCOP Walk a couple of years later. It has gone global since, with the Philippines doing the ANCOP Global Walk 7 years ago, enticing all provinces in the country, as well as the other countries worldwide, to participate.


ANCOP USA organized 43 walk points for this year’s ANCOP Walk. The earliest was held last July 15, 2017 in Rhode Island, and the last ones will take place on September 30, 2017 (Maryland & Washington).At the ANCOP Walk in Toronto, the Bukas Loob sa Diyos group was a strong presence with their own slogans and a large banner. Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) came with their beauty queens, and Carers Ark group was there to show that they care. 


Other notable personalities who came were Senator Tobias Enverga; Deputy Consul General Bernadette Therese Fernandez; Canada 150 logo designer Ariana Cuvin, who sang the Canada National Anthem; Jeline Mauricio, who sang the Philippine national anthem; MPP Raymond Cho who gave a strong message of support for ANCOP’s work for the poor and his admiration for the hard-working Filipinos; and Eddie and Marita Lee of the Atin Ito newspaper. In Edmonton, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Millwoods and Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, came to say a few words. Tim Uppal, former Provincial Minister for Multiculturalism and Communities, also dropped by to represent United Con-servative Party candidate Jason Kenney.


To date, ANCOP Canada is sponsoring some 3,563 scholars in 5 countries: 294 in India, 600 in Kenya, 62 in Nigeria, 36 in Tanzania and 2,571 in the Philippines. ANCOP Edmonton alone sponsors 271 scholars from grade school to college as of June 14, 2017. Apart from previous projects, ANCOP Edmonton is going to sponsor a new ANCOP Village for 32 homeless families inside the Moonwalk Village, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Paranaque City. 


Hence, ANCOP Edmonton is campaigning for more generous donors to support this new ANCOP Village. Work in Ethiopia may begin next year.At the Windsor ANCOP Walk, a curious passerby asked the walkers, “What is going on?” One member approached the man and explained what was happening. Next thing she knew, she received a $20 donation from the curious man who said, “I am giving the money for your good cause.”


Central Alberta, on the other hand, hosted the ANCOP Walk for the first time this year. For the past five years, CFC Central Alberta attended the Edmonton ANCOP Walk every year, but this year, Central Alberta decided to have the ANCOP Walk done in their own area. It was three years of planning and with God’s grace, the City of Red Deer granted CFC the permit to have the ANCOP Walk. (Text: Dan Gutierrez, Gerome Villegas, Marizza Diaz, Gerry Saavedra; Photos: July Anopol, Jefferson Maramag)





 

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