The following speech was delivered by Kyle Nathan Gan the Vice President of 6I and a member of the GS Student Council during the Grade School General Assembly last 18 November 2013.
Last week, PAGASA placed Metro Manila and its nearby cities at storm signal number 2. This meant classes for both Grade School and High School were cancelled and gave all of us a long weekend. While we were resting and enjoying the weekend, other parts of the Philippines especially the Visayas were badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda. Many people were left with nothing except the debris of what used to be their homes and lifeless bodies of their relatives and neighbors.
More than a week after this devastating typhoon, many people in Leyte, Samar, Palawan, and other provinces still find themselves homeless and helpless. Despite the many efforts at sending relief goods, there is still a shortage of food and water. If you look at pictures on the internet or the newspapers or if you have seen the news on TV, I am sure you’ll agree that there is so much to be done. But the victims need not rebuild on their own. As Xaverians and responsible citizens, we are all called to take part in helping our fellowmen.
In response to this call, our school launched “Xavier Sulong Muli” to encourage every member of the Xavier community to generously share whatever we have for the victims of calamities. This effort is our way of giving back to God the glory of His name by being compassionate to others especially those who are in most need. Xavier Grade School chose to participate in this effort by launching three important projects where we can all participate. And when I say all, I mean all — Kinder to Grade 6, faculty and staff.
The purpose of these projects is to involve all of us especially the younger students in school to personally contribute even the smallest donation that they can for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Spearheaded by the Student Council, and some GS student organizations, we would like to encourage you to give your generous support to our PROJECT: SPECIAL MAGIS CAN which started last November 14 and will run until November 20.
Together with the SC’s Magis Can Project, the Eucharistic Youth Club will also put up a prayer wall where we can write our prayers and messages of hope for the victims of the recent calamity. The Prayer Wall will be stationed near the Infirmary starting today.
Finally, from November 21-29, as we approach the holiday season, we would like to encourage you once more to support a special drive for children who were also affected by the typhoon. In partnership with 1001 Bear Hugs, we are hoping that your contribution will give them comfort and warmth. We will announce the mechanics of this drive next week. (The mechanics of this drive can be accessed here.)
We hope that you will all take part in these three projects. We are asking for your generous support for a very good cause. With St. Ignatius, we say, “TO GIVE AND NOT TO COUNT THE COST.” Let us keep the people of the Visayas in our prayers. Thank you and good morning.