Hi-5 and World Vision distribute Noche Buena gifts to Malabon kids

Posted: 12/17/2012 in Uncategorized

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Hi-5 and World Vision distribute Noche Buena gifts to Malabon kids

Australian musical group Hi-5 joins World Vision for its annual Noche Buena gift giving event at the Malabon City Amphitheater on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Hi-5 members Stevie, Casey, Lauren, Tim and Dayen, who are in the Philippines to promote their show ‘Hi-5 Holiday’ on December 15-16 at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage, will help distribute Noche Buena gift packs to 1,465 sponsored children from World Vision’s Malabon community. Part of the concert’s proceeds will also go to the sponsorship of 50 kids through World Vision.

The popular children’s act, whose television show is aired in various parts of the world, supports many international charities including World Vision. They have toured the Philippines twice, the last one being in 2009 when they visited a World Vision community in Cebu.

“When we left the Philippines three years ago, we’ve just been wanting to go back. We have a genuine soft spot for the Philippines. The World Vision tour [in Cebu] was very special to us. It’s good to know that we are giving back to Filipinos who also given so much to us as a group,” shares Stevie who has been with Hi-5 for six years now.

The group likewise made a video appeal to their fans to donate to World Vision’s relief and rehabilitation efforts in light of the disaster brought about by the recent Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha). World Vision has so far provided relief to at least 2,000 families from Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur – two of the hardest-hit provinces in Mindanao.

A Noche Buena for every child

Now on its seventh year, World Vision’s Noche Buena campaign hopes to provide a bountiful meal for less-fortunate Filipino families to enjoy on Christmas Eve. For this year, World Vision will distribute Noche Buena packs to 35,000 children from all over the country. With a donation of PhP 1,000 from child sponsors and other generous donors, World Vision is able to provide each family with a Noche Buena pack that consists of ingredients for Spaghetti and fruit salad meals and an assortment of canned goods, coffee, milk and juice.

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World Vision in the Philippines, which started with orphanage ministries in 1957 initially helping 500 homeless children, now assists about 100,000 children in 49 Area Development Programs (ADPs) through its child-focused and community-driven programs. With strong partnership from various agencies and government institutions, World Vision in the Philippines reach out to different areas in the country addressing not only the most basic needs of children but also focusing on children’s well-being i.e. education, good health, protection of their rights and love for God and others.

It also implements sectoral projects such as the reduction of tuberculosis through mobilization of community volunteers (Global Fund-assisted), reduction of child labor incidence in the sugar plantations across the country (USDol-funded), lowering of maternal and child deaths in 6 poor provinces with high malnutrition rates (Child Health Now), various initiatives to improve quality of education among primary student (TAP/corporate- engagements), community-based savings program, livelihood and development programs to enable families and communities to be self-sustaining, localization of child protection advocacies and the promotion of community resilience through integration of disaster risk reduction and management (DRR) in development programming.

 

For more information you may log onto www.worldvision.org.ph or call hotline (02) 372-7777.

Anthony Valenzuela – 0917-8971894 / 02 374-7618 loc. 202

Mikhaela de Leon – 0927-9450191 / 02 374-7618 loc. 202

 

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