Walking is a good exercise, but it’s also one way of helping the poor. This is what participants of the sixth ANCOP Global Walk hope to achieve today, August 14, 2016, at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City as they slowly walk into the hearts of less fortunate children who want to go to school.ANCOP is short for “Answering the Cry of the Poor” and is a project of Couples for Christ (CFC), a faith-based international organization of Catholics recognized by the Vatican. The CFC ANCOP Global Foundation inc. is a non-profit organization that focuses on shelter and education.
The walk – the second to be held at SM MOA – starts at 4 a.m. and will be held simultaneously in major cities of the Philippines, the United States, Canada, and Australia among others. For a registration fee of P300, men, women, and children of all ages will not only get the chance to stay fit, but will also have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping others.Indeed, those small steps to fitness could be a giant leap for financially-challenged families who can barely keep up with the high cost of education. This year, the organizers hope to attract a hundred thousand walking enthusiasts to support 2,000 scholars.
The ANCOP Walk was conceptualized in Canada 12 years ago and was borne out of the need to raise funds for education and help poor kids in the process. To promote the ANCOP advocacy, the organizers decided to create an event that could benefit participants regardless of their age or status. Thus, the first ANCOP Global Walk was born on August 21, 2011 and took place at SM MOA.With the tagline, “I will walk for a scholar. Walk with me!”, the initial effort – held at the death anniversary of Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. – drew about 35,000 walkers in Metro Manila alone. It paved the way for a new form of heroism – that of taking a step to change the future of ANCOP scholars.
For 2016, the ANCOP Global Walk seeks to triple that number and help more scholars in the process. To be honest, it sounds like a walk in the park, so let’s hope more people join this important event. For more information, visit www.cfcancop.org.