This Visit To PGH Will Move You and Melt Your Heart

Town&Country and BMW join UNICEF Philippines for a day at the children's wards at Philippine General Hospital.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has long been changing the lives of underprivileged children around the world. This month, together with Lego-LAJ Marketing Philippines, UNICEF will hold the inaugural UNICEF Philippines Children’s Charity ball, which will help raise funds to build National Centers for Children with Disabilities in the country and to continue to expand and enhance the center at Philippine General Hospital.

Before the charity ball takes place on Saturday, March 4, Town&Country Philippines and BMW led a visit to PGH with some of Manila’s inspiring women with interests in similar advocacies. Alex Eduque, Nicole Ortega, Kai Lim, Stephanie Zubiri Crespi, Tippi Tambunting, Jackie Cohen Antonio, Maiki Oreta, Honey Almendral, Sunshine Pengson, and Chris Yam Daez joined T&C editor in chief Yvette Fernandez, executive editor Alicia Sy, and BMW president Maricar Parco for breakfast and a visit to PGH to help spread awareness about the immense need of children with disabilities and to help raise funds to support UNICEF’s efforts in providing medical aid and assistive technology, therapy, medicines, diagnostics, and more. The goal is to help disabled children live normal lives, and the long-term aim is to make a national impact.

Town&Country and BMW bring friends to help raise awareness about the causes of UNICEF. 

PGH Brace and Prosthetics Laboratory

“One out of 7 or 5.1 million Filipino children are living with disabilities, and 30 percent or 1.5 million of them need assistive devices,” says UNICEF country representative Julia Reese. “We found that children with disabilities are less likely to get the same support. Just look at your children. Do they have classmates with disabilities? If they don’t, that already says something. It means many children with disabilities are already being separated, getting marginalized, and not being given the same opportunities.”


A customized wheelchair about to be turned over to a child with cerebral palsy at PGH

Playroom at the children's center at PGH

To find out how you can take part in the UNICEF Children's Ball and donate to the National Centers for Children with Disabilities, please click here. For invitation inquiries and reservations, please contact Maida Salcedo at [email protected] or 0917.874.2408.

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