Caritas Manila, in partnership with Radio Veritas 846, held its Alay Kapwa 2016 Telethon last March 21.
Alay Kapwa is an annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Roman Catholic Church for social services of the poor and most in need, especially during times of disaster. Caritas Manila, the lead social services and development ministry of the Church, responds to crises and calamities through Caritas Damayan, providing emergency and relief assistance, and also, educating communities by conducting pre-disaster trainings to disaster-prone areas.
This yearly Alay Kapwa telethon aims not only to spread the penitential message of alms-giving, but a concrete act of witnessing to our Christian faith through charity. In a message aired on Radio Veritas at the start of the telethon, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Chairman of Caritas Manila, encouraged everyone to support this cause, “Ito pong ating ginagawang telethon ay pakiusap sa lahat na una isipin at damhin ang mga kapatid nating nagdurusa lalo na dala ng mga sakuna sa buhay, bagyo, mga lindol at pati po ang mga sakuna na gawa nating mga tao, mga hidwaan, mga giyera, ang mga nawawalan po ng bahay na lumilikas. Ang nalilikom po na donasyon sa Alay Kapwa ay nagiging pondo ng Caritas para makatulong makatugon sa mga humanitarian relief efforts po ng ating mga kapatid na nagdurusa.”
Pledges during the Alay Kapwa telethon reached P2.9Mn from more than 300 generous individuals and corporation. Funds raised will be used as emergency funds for both natural and human-caused calamities like typhoons, floods, fire, earthquakes, and other tragedies and crises, and for disaster prevention and mitigation programs.
Caritas Manila continues to accept donations for Alay Kapwa. Please call our DonorCare lines 563-9311, 564-0205, 0999-7943455, 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857. To know more about the Caritas Damayan and other programs of Caritas Manila, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph.