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Fast2Feed Campaign Launched on Ash Wednesday; Target: 250,000 Children

A Church campaign to raise funds to feed a quarter of a million hungry and undernourished children nationwide next year will be launched in all parishes on February 13, 2013, Ash Wednesday, the start of the Season of Lent. 




Fast2Feed fund campaign for Hapag-Asa feeding program of Pondo ng Pinoy asks the people to fast during the entire period of Lent and the money that is to be spent for food be donated to feed the children. HAPAG-ASA has fed more than one million hungry and undernourished children since it started in 2005. Pondo ng Pinoy provides food subsidy of five pesos to 10 pesos per day or Php600/1200 for six months per child. The program feeds children six months old to 12 years old, once a day, five days a week for six months with nutritious food and their parents are provided with basic skills that improve their capacity to care for their children, and livelihood skills training to provide them access to employment and income generating activities. 

In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday for the Archdiocese of Manila, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and chairman of Pondo ng Pinoy, said that participating in Fast2Feed is “good opportunity to intensify the act of charity, which is faith in action.” He said giving alms is one of three main disciplines that the faithful are called to practice this Lenten Season, along with praying and fasting. “All of these spiritual activities, Jesus asks to be done without anything in return.” Catholics are obliged to fast and abstain during Wednesday and Good Friday but are encouraged to do in all the Fridays of Lent. 

For the Archdiocese of Manila, the target is to feed 3,000 which will require 3.6 million pesos, Cardinal Tagle said.  In the letter he appealed to his flock in the Archdiocese “to donate whatever you save from fasting to Hapag-Asa’s Fast2Feed Fund Campaign.” “By doing so,” he said, “you give our children a chance for a better future.”

The theme for Lent is conversion, the Cardinal said, “to move away from sin, to profess our faith and to embrace Christ in our life.” “In our conversion journey this Lent, my dear brothers and sisters, let our ‘faith commit each one of us to become a living sign of the presence of God’(Porta Fidei, 15)”. ##





Please refer: Peachy E. Yamsuan
Archdiocesan Office of Communications/5273962


HAPAG-ASA Secretariat
Tel. No. : (632) 6321001 to 03/ Fax No. : (632) 6327844
www.hapagasafeeding.com


 

PASTORAL LETTER
ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013



My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today, as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on our forehead as a symbol, as we begin our Lenten journey.  Pope Benedict XVI said that receiving ashes should remind us of the passage in Genesis which says “Dust you are and unto dust you shall return”, a call to mind of our mortal state so that we sincerely take to heart the call to repentance.  We are also asked to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel” as an invitation to conversion, to move away from sin, to profess our faith and to embrace Christ in our life.

These reminders also resonate with the call of the Holy Father in this Year of Faith to take it as an opportunity to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.  Jesus speaks of the three main disciplines that we can faithfully practice this Lenten Season: giving alms, praying and fasting.  All of these spiritual activities, Jesus asks to be done without expecting anything in return.

A good opportunity to intensify the act of charity, which is faith in action, is for us to actively participate in the HAPAG-ASA program of the church.  Today, we are again launching the FAST 2 FEED FUND CAMPAIGN of the Pondo ng Pinoy, when we are required to fast to be able to feed at least 250,000 hungry and under-nourished children nationwide through HAPAG-ASA.  This program feeds children, 6 months to 12 years old, once a day, 5 days a week for 6 months with nutritious food and their parents provided with basic skills that improve their employment and income generating activities.

Since its inception, HAPAG-ASA has already fed more than 1 Million hungry and malnourished children nationwide.  Last year, your Archdiocese was able to feed a total number of 2,482 malnourished children.  A total of P1.43M was received a subsidy from Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation to feed these children.  This year we are targeting to feed 3,000 and we need to raise P3.6M to be able to feed them in six months.  It only takes Ten Pesos (P10) a day or One Thousand Two Hundred Pesos (P1,200) for six 96) months to feed one child.

We therefore appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to donate whatever you save from fasting to HAPAG-ASA’S FAST 2 FEED FUND CAMPAIGN. By doing so you give our children a chance for a better future.  In our conversion journey this Lent, my dear brothers and sisters, let our “faith commit each one of us to become a living sign of the presence of God” (Porta Fidei, 15).




(signed)
+LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila