BAGUIO CITY— CARES Kindness Station of Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary is one of the recipients of the Heart Solidarity Award from ARCORES International (Augustinian Recollect Heart Solidarity), the social arm of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.
“When we do charitable works and outreach programs, we do not expect recognition. Our faith tells us that God Himself who will reward us” said Rev. Fr. Anthony P. Irineo, OAR, the priest coordinator of the Kindness Station.
“The award was unexpected, but it serves as an inspiration for the volunteers,” added the Spiritual Director of Cofradia del Nuestra Señora del Pilar.
Fr. Irineo also relayed that the money given by the organization is not a reward to the volunteers but additional fund of the station.
Along with the Heart Solidarity Award is €1000 (Php 58217.95) cash donation for the continuation of the initiative which started last May 1, 2021.
Heart Solidarity Award in the Philippines
Present in 22 countries, ARCORES international performs social work for justice and peace. This year, the Heart Solidarity Campaign’s theme is “Caring for Life, Protecting Humanity” which aims to inspire communities to continue making a relevance in the lives of the poor during the pandemic.
“Faced with this situation that Humanity is experiencing, we cannot isolate ourselves and worry only about what us mine and what is ours, but about the common good. Now we need to be united. We all have the mission of being in solidarity and of spreading hope,” said Fr. Miguel Miro, OAR, Prior General of the Order.
Five other organizations in the Philippines, also received the awards: Kindness Bakery of the OAR Nuns of St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Saint Ezekiel’s Charity Kitchen of the Missionaries of the Beatitudes in Quezon City, Pantry ni San Jose of the community of Recoletos de Bacolod; Barbados Kindness Station in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; and Sipaway National High School Pantry & Sipaway Seagrass Guardians in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.