by David B. Katague, Blogger – I left My Heart in Marinduque (not in San Francisco)
Exactly six years ago today, I wrote an article in my blogs, the reasons why I participated during Marinduque International (MI Inc.) Medical Missions for the last six previous missions in the Philippines. My sentiments about volunteering is still applicable today. For those of you who had done or participated in a humanitarian project could probably identify and agree with me on this subject. The following article I am reposting today in case you have not read it. My advanced Happy Father’s Day greetings to all the Dads, Daddys, Papas and Fathers of the World!
One of the Facebook users in my group “Marinduquenos All Over The World” ask me yesterday, why I continue volunteering and giving my time, spend my own money and make a big effort to publicize this project of Marinduque International, Inc. (MI Inc.) via my blogs and Facebook account. I told her because I feel good about it. Moreover, the more I gave of myself (time, money and my heart), the more I feel good about myself. For those of you who are not familiar with MI Inc. It is a non-profit organization registered in US compose of Marinduquenos now residing in US and Canada. Last year, a new chapter from Saudi Arabia joined the eight chapters in US and Canada. For more details please visit the website: www.marinduqueinternational.org.
For those of you that had participated in at least one of the six previous medical mission (1998-2008), you know in your heart what I meant by “Feeling Good About Yourself.” Some of you may have different reasons why you had participated previously or have plans of joining this coming mission next year (February 5-14, 2011). But essentially, volunteering your time, money and your heart is one way of giving back to the poor and needy of Marinduque, the graces and good fortunes you have attained for yourself and your family when you immigrated to US, Canada or other parts of the world.
When you participate in the medical mission, you will touch the lives of many of your poor kababayans from the rural areas of the six towns of Marinduque. Therefore the saying that “the time that you really live is the time when you have touch the lives of others” can now be applied to you. For those of you who had not participated in the medical mission, your participation to this humanitarian project is highly encourage. I hope you will join us.
If you had participated in the previous medical mission, please feel free to add (via comments) the benefits you have received personally and the reasons why you keep volunteering to this humanitarian project. I am looking forward to your participation next February in Marinduque. Mabuhay tayong lahat!