The Club has teamed up with the Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. for the launch of the Awareness/Accessibility Caravan Project for Cerebral Palsy. The project kicked off at the Kids Lane Learning Center in Hagonoy, Bulacan on January 10, 2017, the first of a three-day caravan designed to raise awareness of the disability that impairs movement and to draw support for the cause of children so impaired and the institutions that help them.
Pres. David Ackerman was in Hagonoy to spearhead the launch. In his message Pres. David introduced the audience to the Rotary Club of Makati, its humanitarian projects and how it is helping the government meet its public service goals. He also said that the Club is always on the lookout for ways to provide assistance to needy institutions and communities. Disability among children is a cause close to RC Makati’s heart. It will be remembered that in the 70s and 80s, the Club, on its own owned and ran the Makati Research and Development Center (MRDC), forerunner of the Stepping Stone School in Sucat, Paranaque. The school, which the Club still supports, has evolved into a center of excellence in special education in the country.
Also in attendance were PE Jun Jun Dayrit, First Ann Mache Ackerman, Ms. Precy Declaro-Delunia of the Philippine Cerebral Palsy Inc., and CP Roger Miller of RC Hagonoy, which provided snacks to the children and parents.
As a sign of its support of the Kids Lane Learning Center, Pres. David turned over therapy equipment to the school, where 77 children underwent assessment.
The caravan will be rolling to two other places—Tanauan, Batangas on February 20-14 and later, Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.
The project is being undertaken in coordination with three government agencies—Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Dept. of the Interior and Local Governments; and several private organizations--National Council on Disability Affairs, Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapy, Philippine Association of Speech Pathology, Philippine Physical Therapy Association, Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physicians for Peace, Philippine Dental Association and the Rotary Club of Hagonoy.