Bikes for the Philippines, Inc. Receives $3k Grant from MDRT
Cycling enables “deserving” individuals to attend school and to travel to work—this objective gives a sense of empowerment to Filipinos to become more productive members of the community, thus improving their economic status in the future.
Bikes for the Philippines, Inc., a Massachusetts-based 501c3 nonprofit organization was awarded with $3,000 grant by The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation, presented during the opening ceremonies of Padayon: 2016 Regional Lead School of the Arts Angono (RLSAA) Annual Recital, March 8.
Accordingly, the funds will be used to continuously transport recycled bikes from the US to Philippine schools, specifically to develop new projects at the Fatima National High School in Cortes, Bohol and Conception Integrated School in San Simon, Pampanga.
“Completing a high school education gives an individual a better chance of rising out of poverty,” says Jo Grant, Bikes for the Philippines, Inc. (US) president and program manager. “Through a bike we hope to help disadvantaged students reach this goal.” Grant was represented by Joel Uichico, president and program manager of Bikes for the Philippines Foundation in Manila. Bikes for the Philippines sponsor Belen Pujol, MDRT Philippines country chair Sherry Ong, and MDRT Philippine area chair Sherry Ong have graced the event.
Through its global grants, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award nearly $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 100 charitable organizations worldwide.
In addition, Bikes for the Philippines, Inc. has developed a strong partnership with Bikes for the World in Virginia, USA. The group encourages the improvement of a cycling culture to develop a healthy lifestyle and to promote a clean environment.
Recycled bikes are donated to bike collections in the US and then loaned to individuals in the Philippines. Mandatory bike safety and maintenance classes are being held and, as the children grow, they are fitted with more appropriately-sized bicycle. While initially on loan to the student, bike ownership is awarded upon graduation. For more information, visit bikesforthephilippines.org.
About the MDRT Foundation: The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $29 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit mdrtfoundation.org.
About MDRT: The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®. MDRT is an international, independent association of nearly 42,000 of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 80 countries and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, visit mdrt.org.