By Michael Andrew W. Yu
Saturday, December 17, 2011
SHARING the spirit of Christmas as season of love and gift-giving, the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro made the students happy by donating football equipment here on Wednesday at Gaudioso Legaspi Reyes Anhawon Elementary School in Barangay Bulua.
This came after news anchor PJ Dela Peña of the ABS-CBN's local TV station saw students playing football with passion using just bamboo materials as their goal, probably inspired by the mercurial rise of the Philippine Azkals.
Dela Peña did feature what he saw in his TV program that caught the Rotary Club's attention.
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro is a civic-minded organization that supports sports development especially among the in-school sports children.
City Coucilor Ian Mark Nacaya, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro President, said the football equipment may enhance the skills of Anhawon footballers who showed a promise in the City School Division Meet where they finished a decent third.
Football stuffs that were donated include balls, 15 pairs of shoes, jerseys and some other materials that could improve the school's bamboo-made goal into a steel-made one.
The group is planning to visit more schools in the city for the purpose after its kick-off program in Anhawon Elementary School proved a success.
Anhawon principal Alma Sheila A. Alorro said she is very happy that their school was given sports assistance through Dela Pe¤a's initiative.
"Ang mga bata mag-tsinelas lang ang uban bare-footed lang intawon nga magdula sa football dire sa among hawanan even using a damaged ball. Dako kaayong tabang ang proyekto sa Rotary Club," Alorro said.
The event was also attended by some iconic members of the Rotary Club sush as former City Mayor Constantino Jaraula, Police Station 1 commander Police Senior Inspector Ariel Pontillas and JJ Ramnani, Rotary sports committee chairperson.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 17, 2011.