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Save the date: Kadasig Annual Fundraising Dinner

Light Up The Night

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We hope to see there for a night of light and fun!

Congratulations to the Kadasig Graduates of 2017!

The Philippine school year has just ended and we would like to take this opportunity to say a great big WELL DONE to our two college graduates for 2017, Clarice and Ylarmel.

The photo to left of Clarice and Ylarmel together. Below Clarice speaks of her memories of Kadasig and the opportunities this presented here with. She says that she now stands with pride thanks to Kadasig as she is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

In addition:

  • 14 Kadasig sponsored children have completed Secondary School.
  • 22 Kadasig sponsored children have completed Primary School.

  • Thank you to our dedicated sponsors for making this possible!

    Japanese FEAST Fundraising Dinner

    Thank you to everyone who came along to the all-you-can-eat fundraising feast earlier this year. What a wonderful night and money raised went to purchasing solar lights.

    Watch this little photo collage here:

    Merry Christmas from Kadasig

    Sending love, hope and peace to you and your family for the festive season. Thanks to the wonderful support in Australia, the Kadasig families in Cebu have been celebrating this week with Christmas parties, gifts for the children and the receiving of Christmas Hampers. So many of these children and families would not have otherwise received a single gift or had a full belly during the festive season.

    This year we have sold more Christmas Hampers than ever before, breaking our target of 150 and on last count having sold 166 hampers! In the first photo above see the hampers being distributed and in the second all of the rice ready to go.

    Thank you to you all for your support all year long and for the incredible generosity you continue to bestow. We are constantly overwhelmed by the kindness of our little community of supporters. A special thank you to those donors who sent other gifts or donations and especially to the friendship schools for sending balikbayan boxes full of wonderful gifts and supplies.

    Please enjoy the photos of the festivities.

    We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday, 

    Much love,

    The Kadasig Committee 

    Christmas Hamper Drive

    UPDATE: YOU DID IT! At last count 166 Christmas Hampers have been sold. Thank you to the incredibly generous people who have supported Kadasig all year. Merry Christmas and we look forward to sharing many more wonderful stories with you in 2017.

    Kadasig Aid & Development are excited to announce the 2016 Christmas Hamper Drive is here. Sponsors, supporters and anybody looking for a gift with a difference, you may be interested in purchasing Christmas Hampers and Gift Certificates. These provide food for a family during the festive season.

    Kadasig Christmas Hampers are just $40 each.

    Hamper contents include 5kg rice, spam, fresh fruit and vegetables, long life milk, milo and fresh meat. There is often a special something for the family and kids too, for example a blanket or towels.

    Our goal for 2016 is 150 hampers. Help us to reach that goal and make a difference in the lives of so many families.

    As an alternative Kadasig Gift Certificates can be gifted for the following projects and livelihood essentials:

    A piglet, sty & set up – $60

    Solar lights for security – $10 each

    Medical care – $30

    House repairs – $50

    Summer camp – $40

    When you use our gift vouchers to gift something to your loved one, not only will you give warm Christmas fuzzies to someone you know, you’ll be helping to alleviate poverty for good.

    To organise your gift voucher or for more information please contact either Juanita or Maree by phone, email or SMS before December 21.

    Juanita Trommel 0409 514 565, Email: [email protected], or

    Maree Kulkens: 0430 549 516, Email: [email protected]

    To purchase items as above please transfer the dollar value to the Kadasig Account

      Account Name. Kadasig No 2 Account

      Account no. 172040420 BSB. 083276

      Transaction Description: YOUR SURNAME & ITEM eg 2HAMPERS

    Please note if you are a Kadasig Sponsor and would like to purchase a Christmas Hamper in particular for your sponsor child and their family, please let us know.

    Kadasig Trivia Night- A huge success!

    We had an amazing fundraising event on Saturday 15 October at the St Francis Xavier School Hall in Montmorency – our first Trivia Night.

    There were so many laughs and a great atmosphere, a night truly enjoyed by all who attended.

    The Little Jeepney put on an amazing spread – with lumpia, beef kaldereta, chicken adobo, BBQ pork skewers and some amazing ube leche cake.

    Special thanks to all those who came, and to those who assisted at our event, namely Adrian Rimmer for being our MC and Tom and Iain for all the IT and Trivia assistance.

    We would also like to say huge thank you to our sponsors and contributors: Robyn & Peter Desmond, Philippine Tours, Hardie Grant, Crumpler, Arts Centre Melbourne and of course, The Little Jeepney.

    For more great photos CLICK HERE!

    Construction of three classrooms

    The construction of the three classrooms in San Rafael is continuing. Jason Pearson, sent by Kadasig in May/June this year, set down the ongoing stages for construction. These are being followed which Kadasig is thankful for.

    We are grateful for the workers on the ground, they have been involved in previous constructions by Kadasig of three classrooms and a medical clinic – our construction workers and Kadasig staff are working hard to make this happen. It is exciting to see these classrooms taking shape. The basic structure is well done along with the roof now completed. The workers are now working on the rendering of the outside of the building.

    The need for these classrooms is enormous – it will make life so much easier for the children in Grades 1 – 3. If they were to go to the schools available at present they would have to walk up and down an unmade road every day. This trek could take up to 60 minutes each way. Most families can’t afford for their child(ren) to travel by motorbike.

    How tough life can be!

    Thank you to those who have contributed to this project.

    SPONSORSHIP UPDATE November 2016

    ‘Caring for Children Today…….. Building Dreams For Tomorrow’

    There have been some changes to the administration of the Kadasig Sponsorship Program. Erin Pearson is no longer the Co-Ordinator, we thank Erin for her time and effort during her time in this role.

    Fay Sinclair is now the Sponsorship Co-Ordinator and she will work with Vikki Mead who will be responsible for the sending of invoices and sponsorship accounting. Anne Bowman and Sharon Powell will assist Fay in the running of this important program. If you have any queries about your sponsorship please contact Fay – Email: [email protected]; Mobile: 0425-732-992 and Home: 03 9354-1092

    If you know anybody who would like to sponsor please contact Fay as we are in need of more sponsors. Due to the change of the Philippine education system to six years secondary schooling (it was four years), extra pressure has been put on the family of these students. With this in mind the Committee decided, that it would be helpful for some of our secondary students to have two sponsors to assist with the extra finances required.

    Glenys Gayfer is travelling to the Philippines for her usual annual trip leaving this November 28. If you would like to send a letter/gift with her for your sponsor child/family please send to her at 5aMayona Road, Montmorency. It MUST be SMALL and LIGHT! Please get to her no later than November 21. If you wish to speak to Glenys her mobile is: 0411 196 395.

    Thank you sincerely for your support to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.

    Salamat po

    Josh and Anushka’s visit to the Philippines

    Josh travelled with the last group trip and had some amazing experiences that he felt were important in his life. Currently Josh and Anushka who are studying Biomedicine, are in the Philippines assisting where they can with our Australian volunteer nurse friend Val Smith-Orr. They are staying with Val in Zambales over 2 hours drive from Manila. We are all looking forward to hearing their stories on their return.

    Josh spent 5 days in Cebu working with the Kadasig staff and renewing friendships. The reports to date have been positive and Josh has been working alongside everybody.

    Kuya Jephte is coming to Australia!

    Jephte came to Kadasig some years ago as a young boy. Jephte was anxious to have an education and to be a part of Kadasig after the closure of the Christian Children’s Fund which was previously supporting his education.

    As is expected of all Kadasig sponsored families, Jephte’s family was happy to be part of the organisation and to participate in Kadasig activities. Jephte showed great potential as a student himself as well as a skill in working with young children. He went on to become a Youth Leader at Kadasig.

    With the support of Kadasig Jepthe completed his primary and secondary school and is now studying social work at college. This is certainly his main focus now and he will complete this degree in two years. As well as studying Jephte works at the Kadasig Centre part time and assists his two brothers and father with their needs.

    Kadasig is extremely proud of all that Jephte has achieved.

    Jephte was in Australia for World Youth Day in Sydney in 2009 and is now joining Ms Emely in travelling back to Australia to present their paper on Kadasig’s work at the World Social Work Conference in Melbourne. We are delighted to have Jephte back in Australia and will work with him for his bright future in social work within Kadasig. Have fun Jephte and enjoy the Australian way of life, spend time with your many friends here in Melbourne and thank you for all you do.

    If you would like to meet Jephte at one of the events while he is in Melbourne, contact Glenys on [email protected] or 0411 196 395. Jephte will be presenting at the Annual Kadasig Dinner on July 19th read more here.