With the pandemic came government-warranted quarantines, social distancing measures and the cessation of all mass gatherings. As Covid19 practically held the world hostage, so to speak, the operating expenses at the homes continued without a hitch, thus Kalipay was truly at a loss for ideas on how to fundraise for the foundation. We’ve all heard the saying “When there is a will, there is a way”. It may sound cliché to some but that’s exactly what happened with Bring Joy Concert. Through the sheer force of will, Kalipay found a way to fundraise in the midst of a pandemic.
Fourteen artists including the inimitable Kuh Ledesma as the host, volunteered their time and talents to put on a great online show. It was amazing to see the artists singing their hearts out at the comforts of their own homes and studios. It gave off a more personal vibe, making it all the more special. The online concert also featured messages from our partner and friends- people who were part of Kalipay in a big way. One such guest, Mr. Justo Aboitiz Ortiz shared that Kalipay was special to him because Kalipay was actually the forerunner of their now popular U-SHARE payment gateway. Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines His Excellency Harald Fries said that his son has done volunteer work for Kalipay and his wife, Mrs. Susan Fries is with SHOM (Spouses Heads of Mission Foundation), another supporting organization to Kalipay who also gave a special shoutout to Kalipay through Rhonda Robinson, wife of the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines and Executive Secretary of SHOM. These messages are a testament to the foundation’s beautiful friendship with its supporters. Safe to say that Bring Joy was a success. Proof that yes, when there is a will, there is a way.