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P&Ause September 2015

GT in the Community: Unlocking the Potential for Growth in Local Communities

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It was a celebration of stewardship, selflessness, and camaraderie as P&A Grant Thornton participated in Grant Thornton’s inaugural global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) day last September 17, 2015.

Labeled “GT in the community,” Grant Thornton’s global CSR day witnessed thousands of its people, from more than 70 member firms across the globe, step out to initiate change in their local communities.  In participation to the global activity, P&A Grant Thornton and P&A for a Cause (P&Ause) conducted four simultaneous CSR activities in Manila, Cavite, Cebu, and Davao.

In coordination with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI), volunteers from P&A Grant Thornton Makati gathered at Estero de Pandacan for “Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog P&Asig,” a river rehabilitation project for Pasig river.  Over 100 volunteers took part in the activity by scooping trash from the adopted estero, making trash bins, and preparing bokashi balls for fermentation.  Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig is a long-running campaign led by ALKFI, in the hope of gradually restoring the refinement of Pasig river.

On the other hand, volunteers from P&A Grant Thornton Cavite organized “P&Agkalinga,” a charity event for the children of Little Angels Home Inc. (LAHI) Foundation in Tagaytay City.  The volunteers prepared activities and gave toys to the children of LAHI Foundation.  The team also donated basic necessities to the organization.  LAHI Foundation is a charitable institution providing 24-hour resident group care service for the mentally gifted, dependent abandoned, neglected, handicapped or disturbed children, including, the abused and exploited.

Volunteers from P&A Grant Thornton Cebu, moreover, spearheaded “P&Anghinlo: The WaSH Movement (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene),” at Day Care Center in Barangay Luz, Cebu City.  Two licensed occupational therapists were invited to teach 50 children, aged three to four years old, the importance of proper hygiene behavior and practices to one’s well-being.  The volunteers also prepared a number of fun activities which brought amusement to the young audience.

Our volunteers from P&A Grant Thornton Davao also took part in the global activity, as they organized “P&Ahalipay,” a thanksgiving event for the elders at Care for the Elderly Foundation, Inc. Home for the Aged in Tugbok District, Davao City.  The volunteers handed out roses to express their love and compassion for the elders.  The team also brought entertainment to the elders and provided the foundation with basic necessities, including toiletries and medicines.

GT in the community is an idea which emerged from last year’s Global Jam – an online forum exclusive to Grant Thornton people.  GT in the community is only one of the many CSR activity ideas which the international Firm hopes to materialize in the following years.