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Fundraising dinner for special needs kids set

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MANILA, Oct. 18, 2016 – A group of religious people will serve dinner at the University of the Philippines–Diliman on Nov. 29 to raise funds for their community members with special needs in Quezon City.
At Php1,000 per head, some 500 guests are expected to dine together at the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries at 6:00 p.m., said Fr. Charlton Viray, Servants of Charity superior.

“We have been doing this for the past six years,” he said.

The proceeds of the fundraising will finance the needs of 20 intellectually disabled residents of Guanella Home for Special Children in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

According to Viray, the residents’ disabilities include Down Syndrome, mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and global development delay.

The youngest resident is 4-years old, the oldest is 5, shared Fr. Loyola, director of Guanella Home for Special Chidren.

The shelter’s residents who came from different parts of the Philippines were abandoned by parents, he noted.

Some were referred to the community, others were just found in the streets, said Loyola, who hails from India.

The Guanella Home for Special Children, which is an all-male center, will be their lifetime shelter, unless a relative claims and takes them home.

“We are committed to them as long as they live,” added Viray.

Dinner tickets costs Php 1,000 apiece. Interested persons may visit the Servants of Charity in barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora, Quezon City to get tickets or to make reservations.

The Guanello Home for Special Children opened in 1996 when two persons with disabilities moved in from Tahanang Walang Hagdan in Cainta, Rizal. (Oliver Samson / CBPCNews)


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