765 Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Goes to Enchanted Kingdom Part 2
Written by Kuya Harvard
Happiness is created through unselfish efforts to others. We manufacture it and strive to constantly make it happen. Last Saturday’s trip at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna was an example of a day filled with happiness because of our generous volunteers.
Around 200 volunteers were present to accompany 200 kids from three of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid sites in Manila- Payatas in Quezon City, Sampaloc, Manila and Escopa in Quezon City. To this day, the kids are still talking about it, their smiles still very much evident in their faces.
I had the privilege being master of ceremonies this year and brought my brand of energy to the whole day activity. We started gathering at 1030AM at Poveda in Ortigas and ended around 10PM. We assembled at the exit after the much anticipated fireworks display for gift giving and final goodbyes accompanied with selfies.
Mr. Mamon, the president and chairman of Enchanted Kingdom was present to greet us at the start together with his wizard, Elard and Princess Victoria. The other characters also performed including sponsor character, Cherifer.
Approximately 6 hours of going around with children assigned to you seemed enough but it wasn’t. I was assigned to two energetic 8 year olds, with mother and child, Ate Maxine and Rama Mamba. The two kids wanted to try all rides. I was actually relieved they were only limited to the kiddy ones.
We also bonded from the games we played together, watching 7D, eating and sometimes by just walking around. There were times I just sat and witnessed their countless energy. Being with kids reminds us how we used to be and feel their spirits as we spend time with them.
I won’t forget though that in a span of 15 minutes we lost them momentarily. For the first time, I felt like a parent, worried and uneasy. When they finally found us, they ran with glee to our arms and I had the biggest relief.
I have been volunteering for 18 years. It started when I was 3rd year high school. I never stopped since and this trip made me reminded why.