May 7, 2011

MALAUNAY, VALENCIA, PHILIPPINES - Members and candidates for membership of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Kapatirang Watchdog Lodge no.1, in Dumaguete City decided to organize a 3-in-1 altruistic activity that would benefit Gawad Kalinga Malaunay Village and its future residents.

This event was organized in lieu of the GK village's turn-over sometime this June 2011. Members of the Odd Fellows lodge in Dumaguete City volunteered to help with the landscaping together with volunteers from Teletech, GKAL, SIGA and the soon-to-be residents of village. Because there were lodge members who are nurses and nursing students, the lodge also decided to conduct free Blood Pressure taking and health teaching on the site. Furthermore, the lodge's candidates for membership also sponsored a mass feeding which fed almost everyone in the village.

Sister Fionna Chuang ended the day saying to herself, "Did some charity work at the GK site in Valencia. It was a good way to spend a Saturday morning. Right, bros and sis?" For most of the brothers and sisters who attended the activity, it was not just about doing charity, it was a day of strengthening and 'making friendships while helping people.'