As part of our Outreach Program, ABC Foundation conducts two Eyeglass Projects every school year to benefit poor students in public elementary schools. This year, however, we have gotten more donations and requests from our charity partner, Springboard Foundation, to conduct our Eyeglass Project at select public elementary school.
Donations to our Eyeglass Project from supporters of Springboard Foundation have made it possible for us to conduct two more Eyeglass Projects this school year, on top of the two projects we have already done for S.Y. 2010-2011.
In November 2010, we visited Kalayaan Elementary School in Parañaque City to provide quality eye care to the poor but deserving students by checking their eyesight and determining whether or not they need prescription eyeglasses.
During this project, we were able to give 200 pairs of prescription eyeglasses through donations from Springboard Foundation and their supporters. The eyeglass distribution program held on November 27, 2010 was attended by Ms. Annette Helbig, President and Ms. Gina Tuazon, Coordinator of Springboard Foundation, Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Ann Viñas of A Better Chance Foundation, friends, supporters, and sponsors.
The large student body population of Kalayaan Elementary School made it impossible for Dr. Viñas to examine the eyesight of all the needy children in the span of 3 days during our first Eyeglass Project in November, 2010, so on January 26 and 27, 2011, we returned to the school to conduct another Eyeglass Project for the students we missed during our first visit. Like the first Eyeglass Project at Kalayaan Elementary School, this project was also sponsored by Springboard Foundation, this time through donations made by DSM Nutritional Products.
On February 4, we returned to Kalayaan Elementary School with Springboard Foundation and DSM Nutritional Products to distribute prescription eyeglasses to the remaining 158 needy students.
In attendance during the distribution program were Chairman Lew Edwards of A Better Chance Foundation, Dr. Jeson Viñas and wife Ann Viñas, Ms. Annette Helbig, President, and Ms. Gina Tuazon of Springboard Foundation, Ms. Marilyn Tating and Mr. Arnel Rigor of DSM Nutritional Products. Mrs. Avelita Mercado, Principal and the teachers and staff of Kalayaan Elementary School were also there to welcome us and facilitate the program.
During the distribution program, the recipients were called one by one to come up on stage with their parent or guardian, to receive their eyeglasses. Their brand new prescription eyeglasses were handed to them by Ms. Annette Helbig, President of Springboard Foundation, Mr. Arnel Rigor and Ms. Marilyn Tating of DSM Nutritional Products.
Special thanks to everyone who made this project a success: to Mrs. Avelita Mercado, Principal of Kalayaan Elementary School and all the teachers and staff for their warm hospitality and cooperation; to Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Ann Viñas for their continued hard work and dedication; and most especially to Ms. Annette Helbig and Ms. Gina Tuazon of Springboard Foundation for their support and generosity in introducing sponsors such as DSM Nutritional Products to our programs.