Jollibee, JFA Cap 30th year Celebration with Grandest Gift Giving Project for Children
In line with the company’s commitment to actively enhance the lives and promote the welfare of Filipino children, Jollibee, the country’s leading fast food chain, today turned over donations totaling P18 million to eight foundations engaged in programs and projects that directly benefit children.
Heads and representatives of the different foundations, along with some of their children beneficiaries, received the certificate of donation in a program held at the Manila Ocean Park. Guests and children beneficiaries were also treated to a special day of fun and exploration complete with an Oceanarium journey after the formal program.
The grand gift giving project was spearheaded by Jollibee, Jollibee Franchisees Association (JFA) with the support of Jollibee Foundation. Specifically, the amount raised for the donation came from the sales of Hug & Share dolls, a special 30th anniversary novelty offering last year that was participated in by all Jollibee stores and which was warmly received by customers across the country. The fund raising project was also tied in with Jollibee’s annual MaAga ang Pasko toy and book collection drive.
“Through the help of the JFA and the Jollibee Foundation, and with the support of our customers, Jollibee hopes to alleviate the plight of Filipino children who – at their tender age – are already faced with various challenges. We are proud to extend support to organizations that are steadfastly working to give these children a better life,” said Gold F. Tantoco, Vice President for Marketing of Jollibee.
“We initiated this project as our way of saying thank you and giving back to Filipino children who have helped a great deal in ensuring Jollibee’s success throughout the years,” said George De Guzman, Chairman of the JFA.
“This project owes its success to the thousands of Jollibee patrons who supported this noble cause by purchasing the Hug & Share dolls,” he added.
The eight beneficiaries of the project are Cottolengo Filipino (Rizal), ERDA Tech (Manila), Families and Children for Empowerment and Development Foundation (FECD Manila), House with No Steps (Quezon City), Marcellin Project (General Santos City), Shontoug Foundation (Baguio City), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (Quezon City), and the Busog, Lusog, Talino In-School Feeding Program of the Jollibee Foundation (Leyte).
The beneficiaries will use the donation to fund different initiatives that would go towards the welfare of underprivileged children or those requiring special attention, training or care.
Some of these initiatives include the building of a Jollibee Foundation Wellness Center for Children, and the procurement of ventilators, pulse oximeters and blood pressure monitoring equipment for the Philippine Children’s Medical Center; the establishment of a fully-equipped Multisensory Room for Cottolengo Filipino’s home for differently-abled and abandoned children; and, Busog, Lusog, Talino’s in-school feeding program for poor students in Tacloban, Leyte.
“We are very happy that Jollibee is able to do something for the children of Cottolengo. The Multisensory Room that we will build will help provide necessary mental and sensual stimulation, as well as relaxation for the autistic and hyperactive kids currently under our care. At the same time, it will also be beneficial for the students of our school. It will help a total of 82 orphans and students with special needs,” said Fr. Julio Cuesta Ortega, FDP, President and Executive Director of Cottolengo Filipino.
FECD Executive Director Teresita Silva, on the other hand, said they are very grateful to Jollibee for recognizing and supporting the needs of young people who belong to the poorest of the poor.
“The donation will be used for the training of 10 Instructional Managers. They are the teachers who live within the same communities as the 200 out-of-school youth we are supporting. With Jollibee’s assistance, these young people now have the chance to complete their basic education through the Advanced Learning System of the Department of Education,” added Silva.