World Vision Celebrities for Children: Race for Hope campaign ends on a very positive note as they were able to gather more help for children.The campaign which was launched in April with the goal of getting more sponsors for children was participated by TV host Christine Bersola-Babao, entrepreneur Cristalle Belo Henares, movie and TV actress Anne Curtis and beauty queen Miriam Quiambao. The celebrities took on the campaign with the challenge, a “race” on who gets the most number of sponsors acquired by the end of the campaign in September. They were able to refer sponsors for a total a 189 children and the winner was revealed late last month at Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City.
Miriam Quiambao, who graced the event, was declared the challenge winner with 82 sponsored children. now also a motivational speaker, shared that she would allot 10-15 minutes in her seminars to discuss child sponsorship to her audience. By the end of the campaign, Quiambao became the eventual winner with 82 sponsored children. I learned that the beauty queen has been a long-time supporter of World Vision, having started sponsoring a child after winning first runner up in the 1999 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Having learned about the Celebrities for Children: Race for Hope challenge, she immediately agreed to participate. She is now a proud sponsor of 10 children, three of whom are already graduates.
Also present at the World Vision campaign culmination, Vicky Belo’s daughter Cristalle Henares adopted a personal campaign slogan “300 at 30” in an attempt to get more sponsors for the kids. Although her mission is to find sponsors for 300 kids for her 30th year, Henares said she will continue getting sponsors for children even after the World Vision Celebrities for Children campaign is over.
Although not present at the event, I learned that TV host and celebrity mom Tintin Babao, took on the sponsorship as a family affair. The Babaos sponsor four children—one for each member of their family. “We teach our kids the value of sharing our blessing. We even turn their birthdays into charity events,” she shared. “Masarap naman talagang tumulong. Being able to help a child is a gift – there is a price for sponsorship, yes. But the fulfillment of making a difference in the life of a child, that is priceless,” she added.
Popular TV host and actress Anne Curtis said she was excited to be part of the challenge. “Anything that has to do with children, I’m game!” she shared. Curtis, a mainstay of a noontime variety show, was able to get her co-hosts and other celebrities to sign up as child sponsors.
Congratulations to Miriam Quiambao and the other celebrities for gathering more help for children in their participation to World Vision Celebrities for Children. “This event is to recognize our celebrity sponsors for their selfless commitment in our ministry for the children. These four women have reinforced the fact that beauty is reflected in the abundance and overflow of a person’s heart,” said World Vision Associate Director Jun Godornes.
It’s good to learn about the continued advocacy to help the children through various campaigns such as the World Vision Celebrities for Children. This is especially needed in these times when a lot of our countrymen were affected in the Visayan rigion by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). With the vast damage caused by this catastrophe, affected families are limited with their ability to send their children to school further. Let’s do our share in helping these children. For more information on World Vision Philippines, visit their website and connect with their social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.