May 30, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES - Brothers and sisters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Kapatirang Mindanaon Lodge no.2, celebrated their first lodge anniversary with an act of making a difference.

They started the day by going to church to express their faith and to thank God for the friendship and fraternity. Afterwards, they traveled to the mountains of Cagayan de Oro and hiked for 2 hours and crossed 8 rivers while carrying several kilos of food items and used clothing to reach out and help an indigenous Filipino group, the Higaonons, who reside in the remote parts of the province and thought they were a 'Nobody'. The goal of Kapatirang Mindanaon lodge no.2 was to show that they are cared and their fellow Filipinos from the City are willing to help them in ways possible.

The Lodge distributed grocery items and also donated used clothing. Afterwards, they had a fellowship meal with the native Higaonons. The day was concluded saying "Tiring but it was all worth it..everyone gave their time and effort for our 1st anniversary charity event. Another Mindanaon lodge original..." A job well done brothers and sisters!