One of the country’s premiere humanitarian awards, JCI Manila and AY Foundation’s Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (BTCA) Award, helped spread the value of selflessness to the selfie generation through Project Ignite.
Project Ignite aimed to inspire the next generation of leaders by bringing to different schools the stories of past winners Mrs. Lita Fullerton and Dr. Cagape. Project Ignite gave students from different schools a first-hand experience on how a life of passion changes the world around you.
Headed by this year’s BTCA chairman, Jim Jimenez, Project Ignite toured around the biggest schools in the country including Colegio San Agustin Makati, Enderun College, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and Ateneo De Manila University. By sharing stories of selfless service for the poor, the tour aimed to inspire students to make a difference in their respective communities and effect change for those who need it most.
Going beyond the talks in school, Project Ignite arranged an immersion for students from College of St. Benilde and Ateneo De Manila University to visit Mrs. Lita Fullerton’s Chosen Children’s Village Foundation to fully experience the impact of being selfless. The experience allowed the students to interact with the special children and witness just how one person’s dedication can touch the lives of thousands.
Spearheaded by Project Ignite Chairman, Gio Valencia, Gio says, “In totality, it was great to see the younger generation to see a glimpse of what it’s like to dedicate our lives to helping other people. We hope that from honoring selfless servants, we have inspired the next generation of future BTCA awardees to do the same.”
This year’s BTCA award winner will be announced in October.