CALGARY - When 62-year-old Gloria Nicolas lost her husband to liver cancer in 2010 she and her children were not financially prepared for the funeral.
It was the Golden Generation Seniors Club that came to their rescue through the bereavement fund, a project to help families of members during untimely deaths.
“Binigyan po kami ng bereavement pay nung time na namatay ang mister ko at nagpapasalamat po ako sa kanila dahil malaking tulong yung po sa aking pamilya. Maraming natulungan ang aming asosasyon dito sa Calgary,” said Nicolas.
This year, lola Gloria and her fellow seniors are giving back to the project by joining the first-ever Pista sa Nayon and the Mrs. Barangay Coronation event in Calgary.
Their goal is to raise money for the bereavement fund. They sold ballots and tickets to the event and the biggest fundraiser won the title “Barangay Queen”.
“Mostly, ang fundraising namin every year ginagawa. During 2012, 9 ang namatay na seniors kaya bibibigyan namin yan ng bereavement donation,” said Ben Isidro, Golden Generations Seniors Club President.
The Pista ng Nayon and Mrs. Barangay showcased the candidates' in their baro't saya with some even bought from the Philippines.
They were also serenaded by a choir and entertained by Filipino folk dances.
The fundraising event was a success as it raised around US$25,000.
Dealing with deaths is always difficult for everyone, but these Filipinos hope that projects like this will make it easier for kababayans in time of grief.