Thank you for patiently waiting for this post. I had several logistical nightmares which delayed this announcement.
The Marketmanila Public School Feeding Initiative is an effort to raise funds to help supplement or initiate feeding programs for severely malnourished public school children. It is hoped that feeding these kids will help improve their school attendance record and help them concentrate on school work. This effort is a drop in the proverbial bucket, but everything has to start somewhere. The beneficiaries at this point are confirmed to include the Banawa Elementary School in Cebu, where we will start with a feeding program on December 3, 2007 for 50 severely underweight students from Grades 1-3, providing 3 lunches per week for a period of 15 weeks or until the end of the school year roughly (this program could be expanded to include 100 kids). We are also in discussions with a large public school in Taguig, that I will be visiting tomorrow to finalize arrangements. If we raise more funds than initially expected, we may add a third beneficiary school as well.
All gifts from Marketmanila.com readers will be forwarded directly to the schools. 100% of funds raised will go to the public schools, Marketmanila retains absolutely nothing whatsoever, it is simply coordinating this effort. The schools will identify the children who will participate in the programs and will record the initial weight and progress of each child, facilitate any de-worming treatments prior to the commencement of the program, as well as coordinate parent volunteers who will assist in the preparation and serving of meals. Marketman and staff will release funds on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, after we have seen the actual successful implementation of the feeding programs, and are convinced that the funds are being spent wisely. It is estimated that the average meal will cost PHP20-25, so a PHP500 gift will be the equivalent of roughly 25 meals.
Your overwhelming response to this program, is frankly, shockingly warm and fuzzy. I am stunned that so many of you want to help, and it is a testament to everyoneâ€™s innate desire to do some good, no matter how small or large. I have prepared roughly 550 shirts and totes, but I suspect from the comments in previous posts on this program, that I may run out relatively quickly. I do not have extensive crew behind me, so forgive me if logistics are as crude as they are. The shirts and totes will be made available on a first come, first serve basis. For a minimum donation of PHP500 towards the feeding programs, if you will allow me, Marketman will give you a t-shirt or tote, as supplies last. Please feel free to make a larger gift to the public schools if you would like. I am so sorry that I was unable to somehow make arrangements to accept donations from abroad, but surprisingly, the red-tape involved is incredible, as are the payment issues. At this stage, folks abroad who would like to help will have to have a friend or relative physically go to the pick-up points, my apologies for this shortcoming. I never thought trying to do something good could get so complicated…
Pick up points are as follows:
Saturday, 17 November 2007 (9AM-2PM, or until supplies last)
S&R Fort Bonifacio
Outside the Main Entrance of the store
32nd St. Corner 5th Avenue
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Monday 19 November 2007 (11AM-1PM, or until supplies last)
HeelSewKwik (near Aji Ichiban)
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
20-21 November 2007
Cebu Pick-Up Near Jollibee at Corner of Mango and Gorordo Ave
Details to be posted later
(limited shirts and totes made available)
Additional pick-up points may be arranged if there are still t-shirts and totes left after these two pick-up dates. I will advise additional pick-up points at a later date.
I will NOT, REPEAT NOT be at the Salcedo Market this weekend or the next. An absurd administrative snafu screwed up that arrangement after I was left hanging for 4 weeks, and suffice it to say, I am being kind by not getting into any further details.
I am, however, incredibly thrilled to be at S&R this weekend. S&R Management were incredibly responsive to a last minute request and with less than a few hours of emails back and forth, they have graciously offered me their Fort Bonifacio store as a pick-up point this Saturday, Nov. 17th. Easily accessible, with lots of free parking, a nice place for Marketman to set up, and a store chock-full of goodies, it is the perfect venue. It also happens to be S&Râ€™s First Anniversary Weekend. So there are deals to be had in-store and if you are a member, they have special incentives for big-spenders this weekend. Even better news, if you are not a member, they can issue you a day pass so that you can check the place out. You can even purchase goods under a day pass, but have to pay a 5% premium on the prices of goods. They also have deals for folks who sign up for a membership.
I will also have a short pick-up period at HeelSewKwik, a shoe repair and clothing alterations shop at Megamall. I am grateful for their assistance and for providing this convenient pick-up point. I will also personally carry several shirts and totes to Cebu next week for Cebuano readers.
Marketman & crew hope to see you all this weekend. We will start releasing t-shirts and totes at 9am SHARP on Saturday, 17 November 2007. Please wipe out the 550 shirts and totes we have prepared, as that will provide approximately 14,000+ meals for malnourished schoolchildren in the months ahead. If you don’t want a shirt or tote, just drop by and say hello instead. Oh, and contest “winners” can pick up their goodies at this same location as well. Thank you very much!!!