It's fast approaching that time of the year again folks, and with just 8 weeks to go until Christmas I want to kick off Project Santa '12. This is to provide a Christmas gift bag for the poorest of the poor children who are sick and injured, new mums and babies, and premature babies who will be in the Provincial Hospital during the Festive season. Our target again this year is for 150 gift bags with a variety of contents depending on the age of the child. The figure that we are aiming to raise is 30,000 pesos, which represents just 200 pesos per child. I can account for every peso that is donated and spent, and I emphasise once again that nothing is ever taken out in "expenses", we cover those ourselves. I guarantee that 100% of what is given is spent on what it is given for.
Our similar project last year was a huge success and was also a learning curve for us. This year, drawing on the experiences of last year, should be even better, as last year Sendong happened during our preparations. Last year we had a few gift bags left over, which in its' own way was a little fortunate, as we were able to give those to some of the Sendong victims, and also spent the little money left over on their emergency relief which was the catalyst to eventually raise almost 300,000 pesos for that cause. But let's hope that Sendong Mk2 doesn't happen this year.
We know that some of these children will not see another Christmas; we know also that many of these children have never known a proper Christmas, and certainly not the type of Christmas that we take for granted. It's a bad enough situation for these kids to be just dirt poor, they were born into poverty and are therefore victims of it; but compound that with being in hospital, it's Christmas, they are frightened, and they are in pain from sickness and disease, broken limbs, burns and scalds. The amazed smile on the face of a needy child, or an exhausted new mother, when Santa hands them a present is just priceless. So please help us to make it a special day and not just another day.
Our very own Santa Bill did a magnificent job last year and he has vowed to excel himself this year. The kitty has 4471 peso in it at the moment. How high can we go ?
Thanks in advance