The Cerebral Palsy Caravan was in Dumaguet City on April 18-22 for its third and final leg, five days of raising awareness of and support for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The first stop was in Hagonoy, Bulacan on January 10-12, the second in Tanauan, Batangas on March 6-10. The project is a joint undertaking with the Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. (PCPI).
For the third leg, the Club also joined hands with our daughter club, RC Makati Business District, LGU, specifically, the office of the Mayor of Dumaguete, Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo who, it turned out, is an honorary member of RCMBD.
Pres. David Ackerman and First Ann Mache flew to the Negros Oriental capital on the 18th to join the PCPI and 11 volunteers—physical therapists, nurses and other experts. They started off with a courtesy call on Mayor Remollo; then they met with barangay health workers and the administrator of Little Children of the Philippines, where the caravan was staged. It was there, over the 5-day period, that nearly 100 kids from different barangays were evaluated for possible disabilities. The parents gained precious take-home value with lessons on how to take care of their PWD children.
The caravan took place from 8am to 5pm every day until the 22nd. In between Pres. David and FA Mache went on tours around the city, to pasalubong shops, and to the mayor’s residence that, sitting on a three-hectare property, looks more like a clubhouse than a private residence. They were also brought to a mountain in the outskirts of Dumaguete for a breathtaking view of the city and on another day, on a side trip to Valencia, another elevated place with Baguio-like climate, and saw the geothermal plants of EDC.
Pres. David and FA Mache are in awe of the wonderful hospitality of Mayor Remollo and are infinitely grateful for his all-out support, for mobilizing many of his vehicles to shuttle the PWD kids back and forth, for getting his agencies on a top cooperative mode, and for feeding all the volunteers every single day. On a personal note, Pres. David and FA Mache thank him for hosting them, taking care of their airport transfers, and organizing tours for them—an amazing experience and truly a kind of hosting that, in. Pres. David’s words, “is second to none.”