On the crisp and early morning of Saturday April 10th our Winnipeg Chapter hosted a Breakfast Fundraiser in support of the Centers of HOPE in the Philippines. By 8:02 am, the parking lot was full and everything was in full swing. 130 generous people came out for breakfast to support the children feeding program at the Philippines Centers of Hope. Over 30 volunteers were busy taking and selling tickets, serving food, waiting on and bussing tables. Our energetic and awesome host Mike P who would sing and tell stories and kept everyone awake and energized. Guests could also purchase a "plate" for $25, which would feed a child in the Philippines for one month. Malou Parico, a dedicated HOPE volunteer, made it her mission to sell plates table to table and raised $625 on her own! At the end of 3 hours, we ran out of delicious food and raised over $2000! The organizers worked incredibly hard to make this breakfast a resounding success!
The Filipino community is a valued part of Winnipeg culture and our Winnipeg chapter has formed strong ties with them throughout the years. HOPE has volunteered at the annual Manitoba Filipino Street Festival for the last five years and last fall raised $1400 by having 40 hard working volunteer clean up the Festival garbage.
We are grateful for all the hard working volunteers and the generous people of Winnipeg who are always so willing to support communities in need.