Take a Child to the Carnival On Global Good Deeds Day
On April 7, 2019, Manila will take part in a simultaneous global event called Good Deeds Days through a carnival-themed fair hosted by volunteering platform Hands on Manila. To be held at the Bel-Air Covered Courts in Makati, the fair will benefit 200 children from St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Timoteo Paez Elementary School Pasay, Bahay ni Maria Children’s Center, and Holy Family Home for Girls.
One of the main purposes of Good Deeds Day is to easily immerse anyone interested in the uplifting act of volunteer work. This annual global celebration has amassed a reach of millions of volunteers in over 100 countries since its inception in 2007. Everyone from Pope Francis to Bill Gates to Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera have in one way contributed a small act of kindness on this day of solidarity.
During a previous edition of Good Deeds Day, a lecture on Urban Gardening was given to volunteers and community heads before taking part in a planting activity using recyclable materials
Hands on Manila has taken part in the event in the past but the group's plan is to participate in a very big way this year. The organization’s president, Gianna Montinola, hopes to cement the event as its volunteer flagship aside from its yearly Servathon. “One of [Good Deeds Day’s] advocacies is to channel actions into positive things,” Montinola said in an interview, believing that in all the negativity that we witness on the news, “Filipinos want the chance to do something good” as well.
A ticket, which costs P500 per entry, will give each volunteer access to the fair, a GDD T-shirt, and drinks, sandwiches, cotton candy, and ice cream coupons for a child beneficiary. They’ll get to spend time with children of ages 7 to 12 years old and accompany them as they take part in games and other activities.
Montinola said Hands on Manila is including an educational component to the event focusing on the theme of environmental care. Before entering the fair, the children will learn about trash segregation presented via Powerpoint. After, they will participate in a game that will teach them how to properly segregate and recycle their garbage.
A volunteer reads stories on environmental protection to
day care center students
“We should think of good deeds every day,” Montinola said, hoping this event will ignite that desire in everyone to help out. Some of her own tips on how to become a charitable person on a daily basis include: (1) being kind and compassionate, (2) caring for the needs of people around you, (3) listening to a friend’s concerns, and (4) participating in a volunteer program.
Hands on Manila has branded itself as the go-to platform to consult when you’re looking to start your own charitable journey. Individuals can easily get involved in its diverse calendar of volunteer work with a click of a button or can contact the group to organize bespoke events for private organizations.
In a previous coastal clean-up, Good Deeds Day volunteers collected over 200 sacks of garbage along Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) also known as Freedom Islands