On September 3, 2011, the Community Development Committee, in partnership with U Happy Events, held the very first Grand Caravan in the Department of Agrarian Reform Gym, Quezon City.
The event was held with a storybook theme for over a hundred young participants from Children’s Joy, Holy Family, and Pook Ricarte. In line with this, the whole gym was set up like a children’s fair, complete with balloons, circus performers, and photobooths. There were also storybook mascots and various booths for the children to visit and play with that were set up by Ecosoc’s 14 partner organizations from both U.P. and the Ateneo.
The children were given a chance to vote for their favorite booths and mascots. At the end of the day, it was U.P. Touch Football’s Kung Fu Panda booth and Rapunzel who won the awards.
Even with all the fun and laughter throughout the day, the organization still found a way to help others by having the Ahon Foundation as its main beneficiary. This foundation aims to bring literature and children together by replenishing libraries with books. Ecosoc became a part of this as they gave over 300 donated books to the foundation during the Grand Caravan.
The Grand Caravan was part of Ecosoc Month 2011, representing the thrust of service.
Photo by Karl Elamparo