Rotary Club of Makati West holds yearly art sale and charity drive for kids with congenital heart ailments
The Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) is again holding its annual Alay Sining, an exhibit and sale of the works of the country’s leading and up-and-coming artists to benefit the treatment of indigent children afflicted with congenital heart disease (CHD). Estimates report that about 5.5 million children all over the world are stricken with CHD, with about 94 percent of them coming from families who can least afford the appropriate medical regimen.
Children diagnosed with CHD suffer from weakness, high susceptibility to pneumonia and other respiratory and cardiovascular complications. They require multiple surgeries and extensive treatment – all of which can be costly.
Above: Art saves lives. Two of Alay Sining’s beneficiares, Maranathalie Balitaon and Rogin de Pedro (2nd and 3rd from left), grace the art exhibit sale launch with Alay Sining president Paolo Delgado, RCMW past president Lou del Rosario, and participating artists Nepomuceno and Sam Penaso.
Themed “Art with A Heart,” RCMW’s charity drive is now on its 9th year and is run under the auspices of the Gift of Life International (GOLI), an organization that arranges funding for the treatment of children with CHD. In the Philippines, the GOLI charities are spearheaded by the RCMW. Through their tireless efforts, these children continue to receive the heart treatment and surgery for free.
The 2016 event is particularly special. As the number of sculptures being featured has indeed gradually risen, this year also marks the first time that paintings are included in the drive.
All artists extend their help generously and their numbers increase every year. Among those who have pledged their support are Glenn Cagandahan, Sam Penaso, Jaime Nepomuceno, Jojit Nagamos, Adel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Kenneth Cobunpue, and many more.
The charity event is a perfect dovetail for the children who gravely depend on CHD medical procedures, as well as the artists who likewise naturally need to support themselves.
As in years past, the Alay Singing launch will be at the offices of DDB Group Philippines, at the 16 floor of Two World Square, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, in Taguig City.
Alay Sining 9 exhibit will be held at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City on November 11-13, 2016. For inquiries please call RCMW at 753-3098 and look for Kai.
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