Negrense youth group
brings smiles to Aetas
Youth group Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition's Negros Island Regional Guild conducted an outreach to an Aeta tribe in Brgy. Puey, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, as a part of their yearend thanksgiving event recently, its press release said.
The activity included fun games, storytelling, gift giving, hygiene kits distribution and demonstration of their use, and a consultation with the tribe elders for the group to know the actual needs of the community.
The project was co-hosted by the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City and Rotary Club of Makati West and was successfully executed through the support of the city government of Sagay, the press release said.
The group was also assisted by the city tourism office, DSWD, and Sagay Assistance Volunteer Emergency Response group.
The activity was led by SKC officials, like regional ambassador Jeffy Alcansare, SKC Negros Occidental governor John Rick Ogan, Sagay City chapter president Tharra Mae Perez, and executive secretary Ella Mae Ardeña.
“The outreach was an awesome way to end the year. It was quite timely to do such activity. The Aeta community did appreciate the simple outreach that we did; in turn, we were delighted also to help. Though we had a very short time to prepare, we were glad because everyone responded immediately to our call for help. It was a great experience and an impacting activity for both the organization and the recipients of the outreach," Alcansare said.
SKC national president Ellirie Aviles, who is also the youth service director of the Rotary Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City, based in Taguig, graced the activity.
Aviles said it is an important day for the coalition, whose members are youth leaders and local organizations from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, as it is also the first activity of the Negros Island Regional Guild since its recent establishment, the press release said.
“This is a milestone for SKC as this signifies the expansion of areas where we will be able to do projects not merely to amplify young people's voices but also in making a difference in our communities. We are grateful and honored to work hand in hand with Rotary clubs and the city government of Sagay in making this project a successful one," Aviles said.*
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