June 2011

Golfers Took To The Link For GKC Charity Golf

By Maripi Leynes and Rene Sevilla

Dark clouds and the threat of a thunderstorm didn’t deter avid golfers from showing up at Bondhead North Course on June 26 for the Gawad Kalinga Canada (GK Canada) Charity Golf.

This year’s presenting sponsor was Sun Life Financial. Volunteers wore sunny yellow Sun Life t-shirts that seemed to have brightened the day.

The ceremonial tee-off by Jojo Querubin, vice chair of GK Canada, started the fun competition. Not only were prizes at stake, the game was also for a good cause.

The team of Rey Crisostomo, Eddie Senira, Jun Borile and Herbert Uy took home the Championship Trophy.

There were no losers though. Everybody went home with give-aways. Some took home weightier prizes from the raffle including a 40-inch TV which was won by a golfer from WIndsor who had a problem finding space for it in their van. We hope the TV didn’t take his seat in the vehicle and he ended up taking the bus.

Above all, everyone -- including the sponsors, donors and volunteers --- left with a golden heart knowing that he or she contributed in ending poverty in the Philippines.

To view the photos from the event, click here.

Sun Life Joins List of Sponsors For GK Charity Golf

Sun Life Financial of Canada has agreed to be the presenting sponsor of the GK Charity Golf in 2011, according to GK Canada Executive Director Marilou Parcero. The golf tournament will be held on Sunday, June 26 at The Club at Bond Head. Tee off is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00p.m.

Sun Life Financial has operations in the Philippines and is an active member of the Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA). Through PLIA’sseries of Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Sun Life Financial helped build houses for the GK Village for relocated Aeta families in San Rafael, Rizal. It also donated proceeds from its February campaign “Love Month” to the GK Livelihood Program and computers and accessories to GK clusters in the North and West.