Thursday, June 09, 2011

Cathay Pacific helps Po-o Elementary get ready for new school year

Cathay Pacific helps Po-o Elementary get ready for new school year
Sun.Star Cebu
June 9, 2011

CATHAY Pacific’s (CX) vision is to be the world’s best airline. And an important part of being the best is to be a socially and environmentally responsible company. This is why one Sunday a few weeks ago saw the CX Cebu staff taking off to Olango island led by manager-Cebu, Camilla Taylor.

The ladies and gentlemen set off in time to meet the elementary students of Po-o Elementary School who eagerly wondered what was in store for them. And they were not disappointed.

The staff had prepared a children’s party for them, complete with food, games, and prizes. A big surprise was the appearance of a mascot, the first one to set foot on the island, according to the teachers, and so, the first time for most of the kids to see one. It was truly a treat for them to see the mascot dance and entertain them.

While all this was going on, half of the CX team were busy with another project for the school – the beautifying of the Grade 3 classrooms, which were badly in need of some coats of new paint. So behind the scenes, while the kids played, half of the team had the time of their life painting the classrooms in a bright new color!

Everything came together when the games ended and the painting was done in time for all the staff to gather and distribute clothes as well as notebooks, pencils, and pad paper to all the kids. Nothing could compare to the smiles on the kids faces as they came up to receive their packs of brand new school supplies.

CX hopes that with the new supplies and the new environment, the students will appreciate the importance of an education in making a better life for themselves and in moving the country forward. The youth are truly the future of the nation and the staff of CX ended the day knowing that they had made an important contribution to that future.

This project was made possible with the assistance of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which made the arrangements with the Po-o Elementary School.