Habitat for Humanity ambassadress holds fund raiser for birthday

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HABITAT for Humanity worked with Claudine Diana Bautista, daughter of Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista, to raise funds for survivors of the calamities in Visayas and donate two classrooms to an elementary school in Malita, Davao del Sur.

The Buffet for a Cause was held at Dimsum Diner in Digos last December 1, which also served as Claudine Bautista's birthday party.

Claudine Bautista, an ambassadress for Habitat for Humanity, shared that she opted to celebrate her birthday by holding the fund raising activity, of which all proceeds will go to the victims of the earthquake and typhoon in Visayas.

She said that when the calamities hit the country, she thought to herself, "ang birthday gift ko, i-donate ko na lang."

Claudine Bautista also shared that the fund-raising activity was initially for the victims of the earthquake, but then Typhoon Yolanda hit, causing her to include the typhoon survivors as a beneficiary.

The tickets for the buffet were pegged at 300 pesos each, and all 700 tickets printed were sold, raising a total of 210,000 for the people in Visayas.

Claudine Bautista said she was overwhelmed by the support showed by the people, sharing that some even bought more tickets than there were in their group who would eat. "I'm glad there are people willing to support," she said.

She also said that she didn't ask for gifts for her birthday, instead, she asked for cash to be donated to the people in Visayas.

On December 2, Habitat for Humanity and Claudine Bautista visited Felis Elementary School in Malita, Davao del Sur, for rehabilitation of classrooms and turnover of two new built classrooms donated by the Bautistas and made in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the people of Malita.

The officer-in-charge of Felis Elementary School, Elizabeth E. Villaber, said they were grateful to the Bautistas for the donation, and the community who helped build the structure through a "bayanihan" effort. The two new classrooms will be used for the Grade 5 and 6 classes.

As an ambassadress of Habitat for Humanity, Claudine Bautista said, "I would like to inspire the young to share whatever you have, if you give it comes back hundred fold."

Gino Gabriento, Habitat for Humanity's ambassador for Davao and Caraga, echoed Bautista's call, saying he is "calling all small entrepreneurs and small professionals."

"Let's give hope to our brothers and sisters," he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 05, 2013.


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