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The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Bikes for the Philippines, Inc. a Massachusetts based 501c3 nonprofit that provides bicycles to deserving individuals in the Philippines in order to enable them to attend school, travel to work and otherwise improve their economic status, as well as empower them to become more productive members of the community.
Through its global grants, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award nearly $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 100 charitable organizations.
Belen Pujol, RFC, AChFP, CWM, endorsed Bikes for the Philippines. Belen, along with Sherry Ong, MDRT Philippines Country Chairperson and Janette Lee, MDRT Philippine Area Chair presented the grant check on March 8, 2016 at the opening ceremonies of Padayon: 2016 Regional Lead School of the Arts Angono (RLSAA) Annual Recital. Unable to attend ceremony, Jo Grant, Bikes for the Philippines, Inc. program manager, was represented by Joel Uichico, program manager of Bikes for the Philippines Foundation in Manila.
A third container was loaded at Bikes for the World warehouse in Arlington, VA. At hand were the Bikes for the Philippines, Inc US Board members, Joel Esguerra and Joe Bolandrina. Joining them from the Philippines Embassy in DC were Elmer Cato and Jali Fernando. By the end of the 2 day loading, 423 bikes and a number of sewing machines and bicycle spare parts were loaded. Leaving the port in Baltimore, MD on May 7, container should be arriving in Manila in late June. Many thanks to all the volunteers and donors whose efforts make our program possible.
Bikes for the Philippines Foundation in Manila continues to add schools to their Bikes for Education initiative. New schools added this year are The Regional Lead School for the Arts in Angono, Rizal, Fatima National High School in Cortes, Bohol, Conception Integrated School in San Simon Pampanga and Santo Nino Baloc Elementary School in San Pablo, Laguna. They hope to bring a school in Mindanao on board in early 2016 which would bring their reach to all 3 main islands in the Philippines.
As part of its Worldwide Grant Program, the MDRT Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Bikes for the Philippines Foundation. The grant will aim to help fund the school project in Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines.
Through its Worldwide Grant Program, the MDRT Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in the Philippines and surrounding communities, as well as in members’ communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award almost $1 million in grants to more than 100 charities. Representing the MDRT Foundation, Belen Espinoza Pujol, will present this grant to Bikes for the Philippnes Foundation on May 11, 2014 at the Pagnitoan National High School Bike Training Kickoff in Maribojoc.
The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $28 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. The majority of these funds were raised by MDRT members from MDRT members.
The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®. MDRT is an international, independent association of nearly 36,000 of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 78 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
The second container of bikes bound for the Philippines was loaded in Lorton, VA on November 28 – 29, 2012. On hand to help were the Bolandrina family, Joe, Grethel, Lilly and Max. Their son, Gino, was unable to make the trip but donated his old bike to live again and bring joy to a child in the Philippines. Over 502 bicycles more loaded and half will be distributed among qualifying students at the Pagnituan National High School in Maribojoc, Bohol.
Follow our Facebook page to find out when the container arrives sometime late January, 2013. We will be needing funds to buy spare parts and pay some mechanics. We also will be calling all volunteers to unload, sort and evaluate the bikes and need donations of food and refreshments for volunteers. Stay tuned.