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Cebu Ateneans to raise P500T to provide poor Talisay kids with school supplies


The 'Bags of Dreams' team: Christine Mae Sia, Blonx Tirol, Shobe Pamela Ymas, John Rey Guadalquiver, Marie Tone Ynoc, Paolo Diaz, and Samsam Gullas.

In a bid to donate thousands of school bags and educational supplies to public school students, the Business Communication class of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Cebu campus will raise half a million pesos through their “A Bag of Dreams” charity campaign class project.

The 2,407 students of San Roque Elementary School in Talisay City, Cebu were chosen to benefit from the campaign, which was launched last month in partnership with the Cebu Arts Foundation Incorporated.

“A Bag of Dreams campaign supports every child’s right to proper education. We aim to raise money in order to provide these public school students in need the necessary tools for education. It is in this light that we will ask for everyone’s support in this charitable advocacy,” said class project co-leader Samsam Gullas.

The chosen school was cited to have the most number of students from kindergarten to Grade 6 who belong to low-income families in the city. It was also reported that the lack of proper school supplies pushes most of these children to drop out from school.

As part of their awareness and fundraising campaign, the group is selling “Dream” rubber wristbands online for P180 at their “A Bag of Dream Campaign” page in Facebook.

“Buying one band means giving a child one bag to fulfill his dreams and a chance to a better life,” said Gullas.

John Rey Guadalquiver, also co-leader of the class project, said that the half-million-peso target charity fund will not come from the sale of the wristbands alone and generous donors. He said that each class member will try to tap their network to encourage sponsors and corporations to share the same advocacy on its respective Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

“Our subject is about effectively communicating to various groups, organizations, private companies, and corporations. We’re happy to come up with a project that would not only allow us to apply what we’ve learned inside the class but also give us the opportunity to help the community in need,” said Guadalquiver.

The group initially aims to provide school bags and basic educational supplies such as pencils, ballpens, notebooks, pad papers, and boxes of crayons among others. However, the group is also looking at providing proper school desks if the campaign manages to raise more funds.

“Your donations will go a long way in shaping these kids’ future one bag at a time,” said Gullas.

For donations, please write a check to Cebu Arts Foundation Inc. You can also deposit cash to Unionbank Checking Account number 002750000380, account name Gerald Anthony Gullas. You may contact these numbers 09173253573; 09173250051; 09334486371 or visit their Facebook page for more information.xxx

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