P1.2-M gift to save kids’ lives
WRITTEN BY EDMUND M. SILVESTRE
Businessman and philanthropist Lou del Rosario, past president of Rotary Club Elmsford, New York, donated $28,000 to Rotary Club of Makati West’s Gift of Life Program that saves lives of indigent children with congenital heart defects by providing them free heart procedures.
Addressing last month’s gathering of Rotary Makati West, del Rosario, who was a guest speaker at the event along with Gift of Life International’s Brett Halvorson, surprised the crowd with his $28,000 challenge donation.
Del Rosario held out a giant check with the equivalent peso amount (P1,216,600) and challenged Rotarians to match his contribution dollar for dollar.
Several Rotarians led by Ed Alvarez and even non-Rotarians, including former Philippine ambassador to the United States Albert del Rosario (a brother of Lou del Rosario), responded with generous pledges to match the challenge.
Rotary West Makati managed to collect over $19,000 during the meeting and vowed to raise more to match del Rosario’s contribution to finance the organization’s most ambitious project in its 41 years of existence.
At present, Rotary Makati West has a backlog of some 800 children at the Philippine Heart Center alone, and another 110 children waiting for surgery at the Philippine General Hospital.
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