Over 100 cerebral palsy patients, handicapped get early Christmas cheers from PAGCOR

November 30, 2011 10:55 pm 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Nov. 30 -– Over 100 cerebral palsy patients and handicapped in Quezon City got their early Christmas gifts Wednesday, courtesy from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) under its “Pamaskong Handog 2011: 25 Days of Christmas, 25 years of PAGCOR” project.

The recipients are under the care of the Philippine Cheshire Homes Sinagtala Association, Inc.

PAGCOR gave away 12 wheelchairs, four 32” LCD TVs, 40 sacks of rice, 7,500 assorted medicines and multi-vitamins, 100 pillows, 100 blankets, four plastic cabinets, and four dish racks. It also gave special gift packs containing grocery items and toiletries to the wards and support staff of Sinagtala Homes.

The Philippine Cheshire Homes Sinagtala Association, Inc. was established in 1965 through the efforts of Mrs. Concepcion Magsaysay-Labrador, sister of former President Ramon Magsaysay.

The organization has been providing care and rehabilitation to the physically disabled to help them lead full and productive lives. The organization’s skills training and livelihood program inculcate among the residents the values of self-worth and self-respect.

Anna Ledda, 41, has been under the care of the foundation for the past 31 years. Born with cerebral palsy, Anna was abandoned by her mother when she was six years old. At Sinagtala, Anna says she has found the family she had been looking for all her life.

Despite the impairment of her motor functions, Anna learned to make the most of her life through the help of the foundation. In 2008, she brought honor to the Philippines by representing the country in an international Boccia competition in Thailand.

Anna believes that life is simply a matter of choice and she would not let her disability get in the way of her hopes and dreams.

Pete Manio, president of Ilaw ng May Kapansanan Foundation, one of the partner institutions of Sinagtala, thanked PAGCOR for the early Christmas gifts.

An employee at the Mandaluyong City Hall, Manio has been disabled since he was six, after his legs were crushed in an accident. His misfortune, however, did not stop him from living a normal life. Married with five kids, he says he wants to inspire other differently-abled individuals like him.

Meantime, assistant vice president Henry Reyes of PAGCOR’s Community Relations and Services Department, said that the state-run gaming agency has always been a partner of the government in reaching out to the less privileged members of society.

PAGCOR’s nationwide gift-giving project, which commenced on Nov. 25 and ends on Dec. 19, will have 7,000 beneficiaries from 36 charitable institutions in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Olongapo, Bulacan and Rizal. (PNA)



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