Although the Philippine General Hospital is one of the largest reference centers that subsists with government funds, medical expenses and maintenance costs make them still not sufficient, hence the importance of the latest FBM® Foundation, along with CHILD Foundation, for the fast and steady recovery of these indigent families.
Every day, children at the Philippine General Hospital deal with challenging health conditions. As giving back to the community is part of what makes a real champion, FBM® Foundation’s Member of the Board of Trustees felt the urge to take part in this initiative and make a difference.
Last March 17th, Rui Francisco, founder of FBM®, and Renato Almeida, Director of FBM®, promptly flew from Malta to the Philippines to personally donate 1 million pesos to the hospital’s beneficiaries in close partnership with CHILD Foundation, to cover the substantial medical expenses of indigent families.
“To be part of such a heartwarming solidarity action makes me overly proud of everyone who made this initiative possible. From our volunteers, to our partners and local teams, we are aware our joint efforts can make a big impact in these kids’ lives, but we are the ones ending up feeling overjoyed by these children’s positivity, strength, and power despite all the battles they have been through", states Rui Francisco.
The Child Health in Life and Development Foundation Inc. was established as a joint effort of the consultants and alumni of the PGH Department of Paediatrics and the University of the Philippines College of Medicine to address this need. The foundation aims to provide financial support to the patients of the department who need medicine, medical supplies, and equipment.
This gesture counted with the participation of the Philippine General Hospital’s Director, Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, and Chairman, Dr. Marissa Lukban, who kindly welcomed all the FBM® Foundation entourage.
Besides the monetary offer, FBM® Foundation also distributed medical equipment and supplies to indigent patients and offered 120 grocery kits, including rice, canned goods, noodles, and milk with the help of its 14 volunteers.
The notable presence of FBM®’s board members in this humanitarian action comes to prove once again the deep commitment of the leading casino gaming brand in the Philippines to producing real change for those who are dealing with hardship around the country and many other actions are to come.
This solidarity step taken by FBM® Foundation at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila last March 17th was a moving experience both for FBM® Group’s representatives, its volunteers, and its beneficiaries, by providing them with the hope of a brighter tomorrow and the motivation to endure challenging times.