How will people react to news about donating a check worth several hundred thousand pesos for a noble cause? For sure lots of people would be truly happy and would greatly benefit from such good-hearted intention. That’s what the Dumaguete Lions Club just did recently when it donated a grand total of 300,000 pesos to the Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center at Talay, which is located at the very beautiful city of Dumaguete.
After serving as an open rehabilitation center for those less fortunate drug addicts for several years already, the Dumaguete Lions Club found the Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center worthy of their financial aid and support. It was Provincial Governor Emilio Macias II who received the check which was handed on the third of January 2008.
A turnover ceremony was held to highlight the donation. The event was graced by Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center chief Fernando Martinez and Board Member Mariant Escano-Villegas. The event was indeed a colorful one as a pretty decent number of spectators as well as drug rehabilitation center personnel watched the noble cause took place. The event was emceed by Dumaguete Lions Club President Jerome Villegas.
Villegas said in one of his speeches during the event that the 300,000 pesos came from the fundraising concert done by no other than Philippine pop princess Sarah Geronimo. The benefit event took place at the jam-packed Lamberto Macias Sports Complex in the capital city of Negros Oriental. The concert was well supported by good-hearted patrons who wanted to have fun while being able to help raise fund for the different needs of the Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center.
Villegas added that because of the success of this benefit concert, the Dumaguete Lions Club is once again planning to make another fundraising effort just like what they did for the Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center. He noted that the funds to be raised in these succeeding events will be used to help drug dependents recover from their addiction. The funds will also be used for some other useful and productive efforts.
As the head and the leading spokesperson for the Negros Oriental Drug Rehabilitation Center, Martinez expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful financial support that the Dumaguete Lions Club has provided them. In one of his statements, Martinez added that they will use the funds to further improve their campaign against drug abuse. For sure, a lot of drug dependents as well as potential drug addicts would be saved by their wonderful effort for years to come.