Have you ever wanted to help people in need but you’re unsure how to do it?
Would you like to make a difference & help make a dream come true for someone?
Hi, I am Erika Lu. I come from a small, simple and loving family and was raised in the province of Albay, north of the Philippines. Just like you, I belong to a family filled with hopes and dreams. Australia was a blessing to us. It has given us so much opportunity to prepare for a better life and future.
This year, I am blessed and honoured to be an advocate of HOPE. I do not come from a rich family, but one thing I will always be thankful for is my parent’s gift of EDUCATION. They always remind me of the value of knowledge and how it will help me when I grow up. I am so excited to be the Northern Territory’s ANCOP (ANswering the Cry Of the Poor) Ambassador! ANCOP is a non-profit organisation that provides educational sponsorship from primary to tertiary levels for our brothers and sisters in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Vanuatu. ANCOP also responds when calamity strikes like the successive typhoons in the Philippines, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands and is dedicated in building settlement community villages. ANCOP has helped in changing the lives of the less fortunate through education, employment, and empowerment. For more information about the works of ANCOP, feel free to visit their website at http://www.cfcancop.org/.
I recently celebrated my birthday in a special kind of way where my family and I organised a party in a remote area in my hometown, Albay. It was heart melting to see the look on the children’s faces when they saw Jollibee, a popular mascot for my favourite fast-food chain in the Philippines. Imagine innocent smiley faces turning into astonishment as they saw Jollibee was real! Their priceless reactions will always be in my heart.
It made me realise how my small gesture was BIG for them! That I made something REAL for them. It made me more grateful for all the friends I have, the people in the community I belong to and serve, all the inspirational people I have met, and everything that I have.
If you ask me the question, “What does the campaign mean to you, Erika?” I would answer by starting a quote from my favourite saint, St Therese of Calcutta: ‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’ This campaign will not mean popularity or success for me. It means we can make a difference by helping them achieve their dreams today!
I myself believe in the reality of a good education and I’m doing my best to finish my Bachelor’s Degree and do good works to glorify God while balancing all my other work and service commitments and family life. If you believe that yes, children are our future, please join me as I raise funds for their education through ANCOP. I intend to raise $5,000 and humbly reach out to you. Education will definitely equip and prepare our poor brothers and sisters to have better lives.
TODAY, please choose to make a DIFFERENCE. No matter how small you give, you don’t know how BIG it can be for others. Let us begin today. Today, we will make a difference!
Let us all share our blessings to experience the joy of working together in love and service for the poor.
Thank you so much and God bless your generous and kind heart! :)