Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Larap fraternity donates to local schoolchildren

The Grade I schoolchildren of the Larap Elementary School (LES) show off the school materials they received from the APO/SRB fraternity recently

The members of the APO/SRB and teachers display the fraternity banner after donating school materials worth P38,000 to the Grade 1 pupils. - Photo courtesy of JOROPS ROPETA


A GROUP of former university fraternity members recently donated school materials to the Grade 1 pupils at the Larap Elementary School (LES) in Larap, Mambulao, CamNorte.

The donations worth about P38,000 benefited the schoolchildren from the four Grade 1 sections of the school.

The school materials comprising notebooks, writing pads, crayons, pencils and many others were turned over to the children last July 5.

The Alpha-Phi Omega/ Scout Royale Brotherhood (SRB) said they decided to make the donation a yearly affair.

Fraternity member Jorops Ropeta, based in Dubai, told MWBuzz in a text message the activity aimed to keep the memories of their late brothers Paul Ropeta, Benjie Basquinas, Alex Ragasa, Jaciel Ropeta and Carlo Sureta alive.

Ropeta said their late brothers initiated the gesture of donating school supplies when they were still around.

“Our group wants to perpetuate their memories by making this donation a yearly event.”

He said: “Nakauwi din ako at nakaranas na mamigay sa mga bata ng mga kailangan nilang gamit … masayang masaya kaming mga members ng brotherhood sa munting tulong na aming nagawa para kanila."

The group said they wanted to support the children to inspire them to pursue their education.

“It’s our way of showing the spirit of giving and sharing … it is also a part of our mission to give back to the community.”

Ropeta said their group comprised seven members based in Manila, the Middle East, the US and Bicol.

The rest of the members are Danny Francia, Veny Velena, Noel Bernardo Jerome Rubio, Gerry Masocol and Erwin Defeo.

Ropeta said they were members of the APO/SRB
during their university days but have maintained their association up to these days.

Email the writer: ahernandez@thenational.com.pg

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