Minreeva launched its Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Awareness campaign and reached out to colleagues in the elearning and mlearning industry to raise funds (through pledges) last November 12-14, 2013. The campaign was able to get pledges of $155 (roughly Php6700) for the Philippine Red Cross - and these are from kind-hearted and generous colleagues.
The Minreeva team, togethter with friends and family, volunteered to repack relief goods during the DSWD Relief Operations at the Ateneo de Manila University Covered Courts last November 16, 2013.
Last week, I was asked this question: "Why be so active in donating, volunteering to repack relief goods, and raising funds/awareness for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims?" "Why now?"
I'll be very honest. There have been quite a few disasters in the Philippines within the past few months that I just limited myself to donating a few pesos and sharing awareness in social media. Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) was quite different though - I had to help in whatever way that I can; no matter what.
For the past two years, I've gone on trips to the different parts of the Central Philippines (and Palawan); both for business and leisure. I've had the chance of tasting the succulent seafood at Roxas City in Panay Island. I've had the privilege of seeing the majestic Chocolate Hills in Bohol. I was awestruck by nature's wonders in Palawan. I've experienced the hospitality of the people in Cebu, Iloilo, and Guimaras. I've met the most awesome people during these trips - and to them I will forever be thankful.
With that, I'd like to thank: Mr. Bub Ong and Ms. Lotta Francisco from Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City. Moreover, I'd also like to extend my gratitude to Gibs Navarra, Janette Mahinay, Sheena Apalit, and Jomz Sales from PDP Global Solutions - also from Roxas City. My thanks also goes out to the Alberto Family: Mr. and Mrs. Noni Alberto, Carl, Bryan, and Tim for being my foster family during my visit to Iloilo and Guimaras. I also want to thank Kuya Reynard from Bohol for showing me around and Kuya Rolando Barras for his hospitality in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
The reason why I'm doing everything that I can to help out the typhoon victims is that these people whom I mentioned above were directly affected by Yolanda. They've lost their homes and livelihood; but one thing to be thankful for though is that I've had no reports of them losing family members.
Therefore, for me, it has become very personal. I know people affected by the calamity; and even in my own small way - I will do my best to extend a helping had to these awesome people whom I am forever grateful to.
"Maybe you and I can't do great things. We may not change the world in one day; but we still can change some things today - in our small way." -Michael Jackson