17 December 2009 — The Philippine Consulate General in Macau led the very first Filipino community contingent at the 26th Charity Walk for a Million held last December 13. They marched together with over 40,000 participants and raised a record US$1.3 million for charity.
Participating Filipino associations included the Benguet Association, Philippine Airlines, CFC-FFL, Mountain Province Association, Quezonian, Association of Filipino Pharmacists in Macau, Batangueño, Looking Unto Jesus, Door of Hope Ministries, Banco de Oro Express Padala, Chinoy’s Express, Diastar, Freedom in Christ, El Shaddai, Jesus Blessed Rock, Legion of Mary, Sto Niño de Cebu, New Hope of Life, The Loved Flock, KAMI, and OFW Foodmart.
“We are very happy to join the Charity Walk as a community and this is our first time. By participating in this event, the Filipino community expresses its solidarity with the Macau society in contributing to a worthy cause for the benefit of the needy and less fortunate,” Consul General Jaime Victor B. Ledda told the Filipino community before the march.
He also expressed appreciation to the Filipino associations for their gallant participation and to the Abot Tanaw for its sponsorship of the delegation’s uniform.
Filipinos have been participating in the event for several years as individual employees of companies, schools, hotels or casinos. However, this marked the very first time that Filipinos walked together as a community in the event.
According to the organizers, the Charity Walk this year drew the largest number of participants from local associations, schools, companies and other entities that banded together and produced the biggest charity contribution ever in the history of the march.
The Macau government gives great importance to this singular event where the whole society comes together as one with no less than Macau SAR’s Chief Executive Edmund Ho, joined by other senior officials, heading the charity walk.
Launched in 1984, the Charity Walk for a Million has become a socio-civic tradition in Macau held every second Sunday of December.
It is organized by the Fundo de Beneficencia dos Leitores do Journal Ou Mun (Macau Daily News Readers Charity Foundation) to raise funds for public welfare causes, particularly senior citizens and poor students.
Participants walk some three kilometers from the Kum Yam Statue in Nape, pass by the Macau Tower and finish at the A-Ma Temple in Barra where the groups are greeted and acknowledged by well-wishers, band music and a lion dance.
Source: DFA-Posted: 16 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST