ASSUMPTION ALUMNA AN UNSUNG HEROINE IN THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC
A fortnight ago, The Financial District (TFD) got an unusual request and from a far-away place. The request: La Union Medical Hospital’s medical frontliners do not have the all-important PPEs and other medical grade kits and pray, tell, can a donor step up to the plate.
So TFD’s Ardee Urbina wasted no time linking up with Ms. Annie Lim Kawpeng, an Assumption College alumna, having heard of her indefatigable work helping communities and of late, her involvement in aiding those in need of help in this raging pandemic.
And in just one day, a PPE maker in Caloocan City was buttonholed, other friends of Annie came up with the other needed extras and the hospital from Agoo, La Union dispatched an ambulance to fetch the much-needed items and texted their thank yous.
This Assumption alumna, who is living the school’s stirring clarion call – “Be a voice of hope “-- is herself surprised why she takes the projects related to helping those in need with a matter-of-factly the projects “just drop on my lap.”
Like many others, she is an unsung heroine out to take out the virulence of the Covid 19 and in so doing make a difference for other people, especially those at risk and without a line to a helping hand. Hers is a voice of hope.
She is herself surprised how friends , relatives and other acquaintances step up to the plate every time she posts something in her Facebook account about the required help, and points her eyes upward: “I really don’t know how I ended up with all of these. It was like something comes up then you can’t say no to God's call.”
“Pabilisan ng sagot sa messages,” Annie said with a chuckle, as she detailed how each project related to helping in the Covid 19 pandemic was dispensed with.
Annie’s overarching reach to be of help may have its provenance with the school’s founder Sister Marie Eugenie, who has since been canonized. And there is an unmistakable hint of coincidence as she started serving in the church and then went full-blown on education.
“For years now I have been doing things for education like help build classrooms, give school supplies and school equipment, all of them for very poor schools. Then with a couple of friends of mine we had a reunion online and thus was born TEACH PRAY LOVE Team that gives workshops on teacher effectiveness,” she said.
Aside from this she is supporting another advocacy ALPABASA by another friend which is a reading package with a system of reading and all classroom teaching materials given to the teacher.
“I raise funds to sponsor packages and ALPABASA training for different schools . that is ongoing now “but she had to put this on hold for the moment due to the” urgent call for help with Covid 19.”
And so far, she has exhibited what she was taught in Assumption: The privilege of education comes with the power to make a difference and the responsibility to make that difference take and bear fruit.
Somehow, there were always friends, relatives and acquaintances she can count on in her burning desire to help in this Covid 19 pandemic.
This unsung heroine has solved the problem of frontliners who were being ejected from their places of residence; delivered food packs to hospitals almost every day, supplied PPEs and other medical kits, and did myriad activities to take the sting out of Covid 19.
And that list of what she had done is as endless as those who answered her plea for help. There is banker Evelyn Singson of TOWNS, Pie Gaspar, Myron’s Bistro RJ, Healing Servants Foundation, her classmate Tina Cruz Mateo, Joy See and Lucy Lee, Gang Badoy Capati, Gia Sison and Dorothy Tadeo Jao, IAHV, Rock Ed Phils and many many more.
This Assumption alumna never says no for a help that needs her touch. Just like that odd request from La Union, more than 200 kilometers away from Manila and she is herself surprised how she can link up with other persons to make a lasting difference in this pandemic.
“Sometimes I ask myself: how did i get into this... it just flowed I guess.. The Lord just made me go with the flow,” she said.
“I am so tired at night plus my spine condition affects my head, arms and legs but I am glad I can still serve with a happy face.” Annie said.