Volunteer: Lifeline's Medical and Dental Mission in Nueva Vizcaya

February 06, 2011

I was searching for a planner to use in 2011 when I came across Lifeline Foundation and their This Journal Will Actually Change Someone's Life. I wasn't able to purchase the planner but I did sign up as a volunteer in Lifeline.

On the 2nd week of January, I received an email invitation from them - a medical and dental mission in Nueva Vizcaya. I knew it then, it would be a long hours of travel. I invited my friends to join. But most of them declined either because of their prior commitments or the long hours of travel. Good thing, Kath wanted to go.

The meeting place was in Serenity Place, Westgate Corporate Center in Alabang at 11pm. I asked my friends in Alabang for the direction in going there. Unfortunately, we took the wrong bus. The driver said they would be dropping us off in Susana Heights. We took a jeep. We actually didn't know how to get to Alabang from there. Then, we met someone in the jeep, and they said that they were heading in Alabang as well. We rode another jeep going to the Westgate Center. I was expecting a tall building, but saw a coffee shop instead. Then, we met the volunteers from Lifeline. According to Ms. Jes, there were around 20 first time volunteers as well. But we were really the only ones who didn't know anyone from the group.

We left Alabang at 11.30pm, and arrived in Nueva Vizcaya at around 7am. When we arrived, the people of Brgy Bayombong pinned a corsage on our shirts. Fantastic, really! They prepared a breakfast for all of us. It was raining at this time. Then we had a few minutes briefing, and I was assigned as an usher. I admit, I was a little disappointed. I didn't go all the way from Manila to usher people. But when we started. I realized that I was enjoying it. I got the chance to talk to these people, I got to know the kids. Now, I wasn't just watching them on TV. I got the chance to hear their stories first hand.

We left Brgy Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya at around 1pm. We arrived in Manila at around 9pm. Really long hours in the bus, I must say. But to be honest, it feels great to be able to give back something to the community. Thank you, Lifeline for the chance! If you would like to volunteer, visit the website and sign up. If I'm not mistaken, Lifeline is heading to Lipa, Batangas this February 26.
Life gives us too many roadblocks. Sometimes, I am too engaged in my own world - trying to sort things out for the family. But just when I think my hands are tied, I realize that there are still little things we could do to help the community. And you know what, seeing the kids smile is one of greatest things in the world.


26 before 26 Update:

I've accomplished my goal. But I'd like to do this regularly. =)

9. Volunteer. Matagal na din ako naghahanap ng volunteer works. Nag-sign up ako sa Black Pencil Project, pero nung time na may outreach program sila, ako naman ang hindi pwede. Father’s day kasi nun.

*** Thanks Lifeline for the pictures. More here.

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  1. weee.. God bless sa mission niyo.. wahehhe

  2. Waaaahh gusto ko dinn!!! Waaah pagbalik ko.. sasali din ako sa mga ganito.. weeeehh!

  3. there's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer :) isa rin akong youth volunteer dati at iba talaga yung fulfilment.

  4. Thanks everyone. Try nyo din. Very fulfilling. =)

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