CATALYST outreach fair at UA&P

CATALYST outreach fair at UA&P

by Mary Gleefer Jalea on October 24, 2014 - 9:29 am

UA&P mascot Uappy the Dragon at the CATALYST Outreach Fair

University mascot Uappy the Dragon at the CATALYST Outreach Fair in UA&P.

Last September 6, UA&P student organization CATALYST kicked off its Service Month by holding its first outreach fair in the University, benefitting over 80 children from Alay Pag-asa Christian Life Foundation and the Municipality of San Mateo. The project, entitled “A Handful of Dreams,” aimed to deliver one powerful theme: dreaming big.

Volunteers of CATALYST and other University organizations, together with the beneficiaries of the Outreach Fair.

Volunteers of CATALYST and other University organizations, together with the beneficiaries of the Outreach Fair.

CATALYST spearheaded this new project with over fifteen student organizations and around seventy student volunteers.UA&P alumni and former CATALYST core officers Patrick Lim, Erika Mina, Jolo Valdez, Abner Bangayan, Jom Pascual and Zeinith Khan also visited and showed their support.

Hon. Vice Mayor Tina Diaz with some of the child beneficiaries of the Outreach Fair.

“Aside from seeing how a new project like this turned out to be successful, what makes the outreach fair a very fulfilling project is that apart from making the beneficiaries feel loved, unitas among the organizations was also achieved,” says Bettina Torres, CATALYST’s Chief Finance Officer and Project Head for the event.

Kids wrote their wishes in pieces of paper attached to their balloons.

Kids wrote their wishes in pieces of paper attached to their balloons.

After a few set of performances from the UA&P Chorale, Reverb and I-SA Dance Crew, the other participating organizations started with their own activities for the kids. Face painting, craft making, games, and other fun activities were held to entertain them, as well as some booths that catered to their dreams and ambitions in life through doodles and letter-making. For the culminating activity, the kids wrote their wishes in little pieces of paper that were attached to their balloons and then released in the air.

ViARE members in their fancy costumes entertain the kids.

ViARE members in their fancy costumes entertain the kids.

The outreach fair was conducted in partnership with ViARE, LOGOS, POLIS, SeNS, SINE, FU Er+go, I-SA Dance Crew, UA&P Chorale, Dulaang ROC, BEA, Pharos, YUP and Sabio as  participating university organizations.

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