FUR-aising Virtual Concert, ADOPT NOT SHOP: A Give Love Cause Worth Thousands of Lives

By Kristine Betonio & Mark Ghenrick Dela Cruz | Posted on November 30, 2021

No difficult times could stop the Rotaract Club of Balingasa in their goal of providing rescue and care for abandoned and or rescued animals in the Animal Kingdom Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. In synchronous with the celebration of the World Animal Day, the Rotaract Club of Balingasa, together with its nine partnered Rotaract clubs launched Give Love: Adopt Not Shop – a month-long donation drive campaign which aims to continue supporting and saving the lives of dogs and cats through programs that will raise fund for the provision of their nutritious food, water, shelter, and regular health care as well as share the goal of inspiring people to adopt instead of purchasing an animal in order to find happy homes for the thousands of animals in need of one, last September 06, 2021.

Life-Changing President Kristine N. Betonio of the Rotaract Club of Balingasa leading the call to order to kick off the Live Fundraising Mini Concert

One of the highlights of the said project is the Live Fur-raising Mini Concert, an online concert for a cause supporting the clubs’ donation initiative. The first run of the live fundraising mini concert was blasted last September 18, which showcased six astounding artists known all around the country and broadcasted live on the Rotaract Club of Balingasa Facebook page with the help of their official media partner, Now You Know PH and also, powered by SPARK! Philippines through an online platform – Streamyard.

Daniel Salva, one of the guest artists in Live Fundraising Mini Concert Wave 1

A week after – Wave 2.0 of the concert blew off, unveiling eight exceptional artists from partner organizations and friends from various districts in the Philippines. With the overflowing support of the partners organizations, donors, volunteers, and friends, the Rotaract Club of Balingasa successfully raised a total monetary donation of P9,178.00 of which will be donated 100% to the beneficiary of this project – the Animal Kingdom Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

Jasmine Flores, one of the guest artists in Live Fundraising Mini Concert Wave 2.

With the continuing surge of the COVID-19 cases and related deaths as well as the decline in the economy, less and fewer people have been able to donate to animal shelters. It means that the animals in care are not able to get the proper care for their individual needs. The Rotaract Club of Balingasa, together with its 9 partner Rotaract clubs as well as the various animal shelters calls to stress their plea that we must take a moment to remember that the most innocent and helpless among us are the hundreds of cats and dogs that are currently being surrendered or simply abandoned in our local shelters.

Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Balingasa wrapping up the show: PP John Paul Soriano (upper left), IPP Raffy Malte, PP Maria Isabel Piano, PE Mark Ghenrick Dela Cruz (upper right), LCP Kristine N. Betonio (lower left) and PN Monica Ferrer (lower right).

Just like humans, these animals deserve a good home and by donating to actions like this one, you are directly helping them live, be in a friendly and supportive space, and create a life-changing impact to their respective lives.

For those who didn’t catch up to the livestream and wish to watch it now, you can rewatch the fur-raising mini concerts in the link provided below. Enjoy the show!

Fur-raising Mini Concert Wave 1.0: https://fb.watch/8COPKvWEnH/

Fur-raising Mini Concert Wave 2.0: https://fb.watch/8COUZ3ook9/

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