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DLSU Concludes 31st ‘For the Kids’

By ENRIQUE MARIANO S. PEREZ

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This year’s FTK program was a success

De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila recently held its annual For the Kids (FTK) event with the title “FTK Dreamland: Into the World of Wonders,” at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall Grounds.

With 541 Ate-Kuya volunteers (AKV) from the Lasallian community and 530 children from 34 SPED-centers participating, FTK is one of the biggest social engagement events in DLSU. Catering mainly to seven conditions namely Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Visual Impairment. This year’s mini-olympics included bowling, basketball, football, relay, ball pit, maze, and pasabit. These games aim to promote sportsmanship and engagement between the AKV and child.

FTK project heads Jeanne Fernandez and Teemee Lapuz said, “For the Kids is truly a special event because it allows the children to celebrate being a kid as well as to have new Ates and Kuyas. We also believe that FTK is not just for the kids but also for the AKVs because despite the event being tiring, they will always share how their hearts were touched by the pureness and happiness of the children.”

ON THE DAY

FTK was a celebration of child-like wonder, exploration and making dreams come true. This year marked the 31st year of FTK catering to over 10,000 children with special needs.

FTK started with a mass to honor the Feast of Sto. Nino followed by AKV volunteers finally meeting their assigned children. Many felt overwhelmed and intimidated to meet their child at first, but all fears disappeared as they saw the smiles on the children’s faces. Once the AKV volunteers and children were together, the games were kicked-off with a torch-bearing and oath taking ceremony led by Maureen Okoli. Together with Maureen, DLSU athletes facilitated the games and cheered for the kids. Aside from the games, there were a number of food concessionaires to choose from, and the volunteers spent lunch together with their kids. After lunch, everyone was treated to numerous performances by different cultural and performing arts groups from DLSU. At the end of FTK, although tired from running and playing the whole time, it was all worth it. From strangers, the Ate-Kuya volunteers and kids for a moment became family.

As a third-year FTK Kuya Volunteer myself, I never got tired and will never get tired of FTK. It was truly a fun-filled and purposeful celebration of Kids being Kids!

ORGANIZERS

FTK is a project under the Student Social Formation Program of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) that is mainly organized by its student volunteer arm, COSCA-LOVE or the COSCA-Lasallian Outreach and Volunteer Effort.

The FTK event for this year is also supported by various organizations and sponsors namely:

  • Manila Bulletin
  • Inquirer.Net
  • 99.5 PlayFM
  • Monster RX93.1
  • DobolB BantayBalitasaSenado
  • Soletees Clothing
  • Big Banners
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Next Level Amusement
  • Indra Philippines, Inc.
  • New Flavor House, Inc.
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Safeguard
  • SEARES
  • Amira’s Buco Tart Haus
  • John Clements Consultants, Inc.
  • Klio International Marketing Corp.
  • The Oriental Hotels
  • Plush & Play
  • Fruitas
  • Lemon Feels
  • Famous Belgian Waffles
  • Yellow Bowl
  • Lezat
  • Hungry Ninja
  • DLSU Parents of University Student Organizations (PUSO)
  • DLSU Office of the Chancellor


Source: Manila Bulletin

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