Alay Lakad ‘13 raises less funds

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Monday, September 2, 2013


THERE may be fewer out-of-school youth who will be given scholarship grants and skills livelihood training in Cebu City this year as yesterday’s Alay Lakad, an annual walk for a cause, raised less funds compared to last year’s.

Alay Lakad Foundation Inc. Steve Tan said yesterday’s activity was participated in by some 60,000 individuals and raised P26,582.

This does not include yet the P6 that the City Government donates to Alay Lakad Foundation for every person who joins the yearly activity. This would translate to P360,000.

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Because of this, yesterday’s walk-for-a-cause generated P386,582.

However, the amount is lower compared to the P700,000 generated during last year’s activity.

While the foundation urges participants to give P10, the amount they will donate would still be up to them.

The foundation is yet to determine how many out-of-school youth in the city will benefit from the funds raised this year.

During yesterday’s activity, private companies, non-government organizations, government offices, students, universities and colleges, religious organizations and other sectors joined the annual walk for charity.

The Alay Lakad is a concept that started in Manila in 1972 with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in partnership with the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

It was then launched nationwide with the participation of more sectors, such as the civic clubs, non-government organizations and other government offices and agencies.

It was only in January 2009, however, that the Alay Lakad Foundation Inc. was launched.

Currently, the foundation offers high school educational assistance, college scholarships and technical skills trainings to all out-of-school youths in the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 02, 2013.

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