By Manny Caballero
ANCOP USA Communications
For the third consecutive year, ANCOP GLOBAL WALK has been successfully held. Praise the Lord!
Perhaps, some miss the fact that every step of each ANCOP WALK participant anywhere in the world is an act of kindness for the poor. Every step could send a poor child to school, or help build a home for the homeless, or fund a medical mission to a poor community.
That is the virtue of ANCOP WALK.
In the past two years, days before the scheduled ANCOP WALK, Manila was either being lashed by powerful typhoon and heavy rains or under breast-deep flood waters. But, in those two times, like the Biblical parting of the Red Sea, the water dried up and allowed ANCOP WALK to proceed without hitches.
Days before August 25, some 80 different places in Metro Manila, including parts of the WALK route, were flooded and were being punished by “Habagat.” But, by the grace of God (what else?), the weather suddenly improved and made the 2013 ANCOP GLOBAL WALK in Manila and in 62 provinces successful.
That is the miracle of ANCOP WALK.
In view of all the above, we propose that we not only move ANCOP WALK to a dry month, but also change the name of the annual activity to ANCOP MIRACLE WALK. In the United States, ANCOP GLOBAL WALK was also successfully held without problems, but for lack of T-shirts in few areas. The annual fund raiser was held in 33 cities in 15 States. $150,000.00 was raised, both in donations and registrations.
Assuming that entire amount will go to college scholarships, it means ANCOP USA could send around 400 poor students to college for a year. Otherwise, they could not do it due to poverty. That is a virtue of ANCOP WALK. And it is a miracle to each student who will be benefited.
The other night, ANCOP USA leaders from around the US held a teleconference called jointly by Eric Villanueva, CFC USA National Director & ANCOP USA President and Roger Santos, ANCOP USA Executive Director.
Rey Regis, WALK Coordinator in Maryland, reported the “huge success” of their WALK in Washington D.C. where no less than the Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., and his wife Maria Victoria, “Walked” with the Maryland contingent. (See photo below). Ricky Coronel of Southern California reported on the success of their WALK in four different areas where a total of 740 people registered and “Walked.” He shared that an archbishop from Luzon “Walked” with them. The Southern California leader also said they hit “three birds in one shot” from their WALK, namely, awareness, exposure and funds.
Ben Daquicag from Texas, told the conferees about the Walk in Houston on August 24 and in Dallas on August 31. He reported they collected more than $9,000.00 in donation. Furthermore, Ben mentioned that a senior executive of Haliburton was ready to donate $5,000.00 to ANCOP USA before the end of this year. Rollie Balanza reported for the North East A region. New Jersey held its WALK on August 31. According to Rollie, some 200 showed up in New Jersey, which also held a thanksgiving lunch after the Walk for the success of the recently held CFC North America Eastern Conference in their State.
New York and Delaware also held their WALK successfully. Each States had over 130 participants. It was the 2ndWalk for NY and the 1st for Delaware. Both had encouraging results. From North Carolina, Mike Miranda reported that their total Walkers increased from 148 last year, to 251 this year and that they collected over $9,000 in donations and registration fees.
From the Northwest, Joey Corood shared their WALK experiences. It was their first WALK. They had 157 Walkers.
Gina Delfin reported there were four WALKS in her area in Northern California. She said their attendance this year increased by 30 to 60 percent in various Walk sites compared to last year.
Similar encouraging WALK reports were posted in CFC ANCOP FACEBOOK by our brothers and sisters in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.
Judging from all of the above, it seems that our volunteers have mastered the conduct of the WALK in their respective territories. Our number of WALK sites and States in the US increased this year. We did not have WALK in Delaware and in the Northwest in 2012.
Furthermore, we noted increased enthusiasm on the part of our volunteers. In fact, some proposed that we increase the registration fee in the US next year to $25.00 (from the current $15.00) to include donation.
Finally, donations increased slightly this year (donation sites will close on October 31 yet) compared to last year.
A big issue which is hanging is the transfer of ANCOP WALK from August to May of each year to avoid inclement weather in the Philippines.
While such change is a welcome move in the Philippines, it is not in the US because May is rainy season in most States of the USA.
This is one of the subjects that will be taken up by ANCOP leaders from all the regions during a Planning Meeting in New Jersey on November 2, 2013.