A year has passed since the pandemic has challenged us all globally. But this did not deter Open Heart Foundation (OHF) to pursue its mission of serving children beneficiaries all over the Philippines.
Likewise, the challenges encountered did not deter our resolve to celebrate a momentous occasion; the 29th foundation anniversary of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc., as well as the commemoration of the 21st death anniversary of the generous founder, Atty. Robert LeGore.
Due to mobility limitations imposed by the Inter Agency Task Force that is in-charge in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the founding anniversary celebration was held through a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook Live led by OHF staffs on August 5, 2021.
The program began by honoring the life of Robert LeGore which he selflessly shared with the beneficiaries especially the children and youth. This was followed by a short but very touching welcome message from our Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda Perez. She delivered a brief introduction about the occasion, welcomed the attendees from the group of the Board of Trustees, the staffs, ECCD teachers, network partners and beneficiaries. She also personally thanked and acknowledged the hardwork of the OHF workforce in delivering programs and services of the Foundation. She also honored the memories of the pillars of OHF; Nory Tabios, the first Executive Director and Robert LeGore-the Founder, both of whom worked very hard and provided guidance in realizing the vision and mission of the Foundation.
After the opening preliminaries, it was followed by a Thanksgiving Mass which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Harvey Bagos of Good Shepherd Church. In his homily, he challenged the Foundation to wholeheartedly continue the legacy of the Founder and to continue its well-established identity which is to improve the welfare of the disadvantaged. He also wished the Foundation to reach the farthest corners of the country to help those most in need.
After the mass, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Carol Encarnacion-Dacanay, took the opportunity to deliver her message and greet all those who are present at the virtual gathering. She congratulated the staff for another good year of work and service. She also expressed that it has been a pleasure working with the OHF family and she looks forward to more years ahead.
In closing, everyone gestured their own version of heart sign which symbolizes commitment, compassion and selfless dedication for the advancement of OHF programs and services and for the empowerment of children and youth.
Indeed, another year is added that forms part of the history of the Foundation. We are so grateful to all the people who have joined us in this significant day. The celebration will never be successful without their presence which signifies that they are one with OHF in its advocacies.
May the Lord bless us and guide us in rendering services to children and youth throughout the Philippines.
Prepared by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer