We had been feeling a bit sorry for ourselves that our plans to volunteer this year have not worked out as we had hoped. We were therefore delighted to find out that the owners of Oasis Hotel in Yapak (where we were staying) do a huge amount for the local community. Their Christmas event fortunately fell during our stay at their hotel and we were delighted to help out!
On the 22nd December Jovan and Anita, who own the Oasis Hotel, had invited 250 local families to the local school in Yapak to receive some Christmas hamper items, including food and clothes. It was our job to help transport all the food, sort it into different rooms at the school and then to hand out the food in some kind of an organised fashion to the families.
I was a little worried that we might be hanging around with not much to do, getting under everyone’s feet. How wrong could I be!
We started straight after breakfast and worked flat out through the day and had an absolutely fantastic time. We worked closely with Jovan and Anita, two friends they had staying with them (Andrea and Jaco), a few local expats and some local Filipinos.
Here are some pictures from our day – thanks to Jaco who sent them all too us because we were in so much of a rush after breakfast we forgot to take a camera!
Our room consisted of me Ryan and Simon (from Oxford but living in Boracay) sorting and giving out the food hampers, with a team of others letting people in and registering the families and helping them to pack their bags with the food.
There was easily over 1000 people in the school grounds collecting food and clothes for their families over the festive period.
It was a really lovely day and it was lovely to wish a Happy Christmas (Maligayang Pasko in Tagalog) to all the families and to see what a difference Jovan and Anita are making within the local community.
In the evening we all returned to the hotel and Jovan kindly invited us to have a Filipino style dinner with their family and friends. Delicious!