It’s your birthday, and besides celebrating with family and friends, you want to share the day with others who may not have the chance to celebrate their own.
“For a long time, I’ve been wishing to celebrate for a cause, especially with the kids or other beneficiaries but, we really don’t know where to start, who to contact, and how to go about the whole preparation,” says Catherine Vital to Our Better World, a storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.
This idea inspired her to establish MyBirthday Foundation. Based in Manila, Phillippines, this foundation are for those who wish to throw a party in support of a cause or individuals in need.
She works with charities and institutions to plan these celebrations. Those who sponsor the parties can participate in the event, and invite friends and family members along too.
According to Catherine, MyBirthday Foundation can help you celebrate your birthday with different segments of society, including children, prisoners, and the elderly. You can also choose a specific cause to champion, such as protecting the environment by planting trees or cleaning up the beach.
Today, MyBirthday Foundation has expanded its activities by inviting people anywhere in the world celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special event in your life by supporting a cause in the Philippines.
Take Leedel, a Filipino working in Doha, Qatar who simply donated some money to MyBirthday Foundation. She requested that a party be organised on her behalf for the children at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.
When she saw the kids in the video, she cried, “Despite the pain they are experiencing, they still managed to smile.”
And what could be a better present than bringing a smile to others, as your loved ones have done for you.
How You Can Help
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