All For Nitz
Jonathan S. Lacson
High School Facampa President, 2004-2005, 2005-2006
and Overall Coordinator of the Ukay-Ukay for Nitz Project
On October 13 and 14, 2006, the Student Activities Area (formerly the Art Department domain) was abuzz as people chose and bought the items of their choice in the Ukay-Ukay Project for Nitz Africano. The event was actually a dream that finally came true. It started out as a suggestion given to me in March 2006 by Amy Pasiliao and Grace Gorospe of the High School Unit. When I told Jane Cacacho, principal of the High School Unit, about the idea, she suggested that the ukay-ukay be a school-wide endeavor, and so I informed my fellow Facampa presidents, Jopin Galvez (Grade School), Jane Agcaoili (Central Administration) and Fred Faulve (Maintenance) about it. We all saw it as an opportunity to help Nitz Africano address her medical needs, but the ukay-ukay was not meant to be during that time, for everyone was busy with end-of-the school-year concerns, which included the Service and Recognition Awards. Nor was it meant to be last summer, for there was construction work left and right in Xavier. The school year began, and it brought with it other concerns that forced us to once again set aside the ukay-ukay. All these delays, however, only heightened our desire to push through with the project.
Ultimately, things fell into place. We formed a committee composed of Jo Masacupan and Mario de la Rosa of the Personnel Office, Jopin Galvez (still the GS Facampa President), the new Facampa presidents: Robbie de la Cruz of the High School, Rachel de Vera of the Central Administration and Ding Tiglao of Maintenance, and me as the overall coordinator. Soon enough, the goods started coming in. Teachers and staff searched their homes for anything and everything usable that could be donated to the ukay-ukay project: clothes, shoes, slippers, toys, household items, books, CDs, VCDs, cassette tapes and many others. Mrs. Vivian Ocampo, the High School Facampa Secretary and a well-admired and respected English teacher, even asked her H2D students and H2G advisees to bring goods, and she was not disappointed, for the young men brought a lot of items and even contributed to the Nitz Africano account.
The various tasks of collecting, transporting, sorting, pricing, selling and marshalling brought together the faculty, staff and maintenance personnel, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with each other as they go about their respective responsibilities in their own units.
With the overwhelming support of many members of the Xavier School community, the ukay-ukay became a success. Truly, the committee is grateful to all of those who gave and did whatever they could.
The Ukay-Ukay for Nitz Project Committee, in behalf of Xavier School, will now be able to give Nitz Africano, the twenty-two thousand plus pesos earned from the activity. We hope that everyone will continue being generous with their time, energy and material resources. Luceat Lux!
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