Simultaneous banquets in Manila and Hong Kong raised US$1.6 million towards poverty alleviation in the Philippines
On October 28, 2022, International Care Ministries held two major simultaneous events in Manila and Hong Kong for “I Believe,” its annual fundraising gala to celebrate 30 years of helping people living in ultra-poverty. More than 500 guests in Manila and over 200 guests in Hong Kong, as well as guests from the United States, Australia, Uganda, Guatemala who logged on for the online broadcast, were all ready to give their support. Through their generosity, ICM raised US$1.6 million (HK$12.6M | PHP81M) in one evening.
“Our donors and partners came together as a global community to celebrate 30 years of transformation,” ICM CEO David Sutherland said. “Our staff in the Philippines, Uganda, and Guatemala cheered every single bid.”
The funds raised will go towards ICM’s poverty alleviation programs such as its core program Transform, which trains participants in values, health, and livelihood; and the Medical Mercy Fund, ICM’s medical program that provides funding for patients to receive much-needed surgeries and major medical treatments.
Despite Typhoon Nalgae’s impending landfall, 500 guests at the ICM Manila Banquet braved the rains to Shangri-La The Fort for their first post-pandemic in-person banquet. The program was hosted by Miss Universe 1st runner-up and long-time ICM supporter Miriam Quiambao-Roberto and featured a performance from the legendary Kuh Ledesma. The ICM Choir, who flew in from Bacolod, sang songs of hope for the guests as well.
Atty. Karlo Estavillo, CFO and COO of Shangri-La Properties, welcomed the Manila guests, saying “I never cease to be amazed every time I look back to 1992 in Bacolod City when and where a group of Filipino pastors began their vision-quest that is ICM today.” And Bong Consing, President and CEO of Ayala Corporation, spoke passionately about why now is the time to help those in great need in the Philippines.
ICM’s Philippine donors and partners were especially excited about this event because the last banquet held in Manila was in 2017. The guest list included ICM’s Board of Advisers, artists who have donated their works to ICM’s auction, and government and non-government partners.
“We know that a number of guests were unable to make it to the venue of tropical storm Nalgae,” Sutherland said. “And now, large parts of the country are recovering from severe flooding and landslides, with the death toll reaching 121. ICM is ready to respond in areas where we serve.”
Transforming Lives at Scale
Since its inception in 1992 in the slums of Bacolod City in the Philippines, ICM has remained focused on helping the poorest of the poor — people who live on less than US$0.50 per day. Thirty years on, what had been a fledgling organization begun by a group of Filipino pastors — who were poor themselves — have grown to reach more than 1.6 million Filipinos from 13 bases in Visayas and Mindanao, and has even expanded its work to Uganda and Guatemala.
“We built ICM to respond to specific needs as much as possible and our main goal is to change as many lives as we can,” Sutherland shared in his keynote speech during the banquet.
This feat was accomplished through the heroic work of ICM’s 800-strong staff, thousands of partner pastors, and the generosity of donors and partners from around the world. ICM is guided by a strategy that combines the heart of a faith-based non-profit with the best practices of the business and academic worlds.
As the world recovers from the pandemic and faces new challenges, ICM continues to stay true to its mission — to deliver the right support, right training, and right resources to help people out of ultra-poverty for good.
For more information and to donate to ICM, visit caremin.com.