Cassie Eng is not only a dedicated Project PEARLS volunteer, she is also one of the youngest. Her “Bag of Dreams Challenge is in its 4th year now! Cassie’s Bag of Dreams Challenge is about helping kids escape poverty by getting an education.
In the past 3 years with the help of generous sponsors, over 1000 students from impoverished communities in Lucena, Bulacan, Zambales and Guimaras have received gifts of hope in the form of high quality backpacks with school supplies.
4th Cassie’s Bag of Dreams Challenge 2017 was made possible thru the generosity of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown, Rotary Club of Novato, and Ralph & Gia Suarez! This year in addition to backpacks with rainhoods, we have included Hygiene Kits for Kids.
For each $5 donation, you have helped provide a child with a kit that will include: a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face towel, hand towel, and a comb. Hygiene kits are aimed at promoting self-care and basic hygiene to fight illness and the spread of disease. More importantly it allows kids to attend school with dignity and confidence.
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We would like to thank the students, staff and parents at Dasal Elementary School at Sibunag, Guimaras for their thoughtfulness and hospitality! We came to give out backpacks and school supplies but we came home with tons of priceless Thank You cards and the sweetest smiles. Sending out our many thanks also to all the sponsors who contributed and made this year’s challenge possible!
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We deeply thank Cassie, her family and friends, Josh Mahinay and #Bag943, Doc Anton Mari H. Lim of Yellow Boat of Hope and Jollibee Foundation for making 2015’s challenge not only possible but for making it very special and memorable! Over 300 of our PEARLS scholars received Bag943 backpacks filled with school supplies. All our scholars and volunteers had chickenjoy meals from Jollibee; cupcakes from Cassie’s family!
Cassie also decided to include the community of Lakas Tribe in Botolan, Zambales and gave out another 300 backpacks to the Aeta children of the tribe. It was a very blessed day for everyone most especially to the beneficiaries.
Cassie’s first ever Bag of Dreams Challenge with 300 Tagalog and Badjao children from Lucena City in partnership with John K. Chua (Adphoto), Harvery Chua, Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and Bag943 (Be A Giver).
Thank you so much to all the people who have been making Cassie’s challenge a reality and a blessing to all the beneficiaries. We are hoping for your full support once again on the next Cassie’s Bag of Dreams Challenge!
(Photos from: Sidney Snoeck, Payatas Orione Foundation, Mailou San Gabriel & Project PEARLS)