Smiling, speaking, much more moving, don’t come easy for Mary Anne Roldan, 9 years and 8 months old. Neither does it for Yuan Tristan Balla, 13 years and 7 months old. They both suffer from cerebral palsy (CP) — a chronic condition that results from injury to the developing brain during pregnancy or after birth that affects body movements and muscle coordination. In the Philippines, as many as 1.4 to 2.8 million people have CP, more than any other developmental disability.
But on December 15, 2018, Mary Anne and Yuan Tristan, along with almost 50 other beneficiaries of the Philippine Cerebral Palsy Inc. (PCPI) actually gave out wide smiles and uttered words of thanks when Northern Star employees visited them to play Santa in a Christmas Party held at the PCPI Center in San Antonio, Makati City.
“Sadly, no government program attends to the treatment and prevention needs of CP patients,” said Juan Miguel T. Delgado, COO of Northern Star. “We were approached by PCPI for any form of help during this Christmas Season and we were more than happy to oblige.”
During the Christmas Party, Northern Star distributed special Transformers tumblers as gifts to the PCPI Center beneficiaries. A week later, Northern Star returned with a total of 527 pieces of toiletry items composed of towels, bar soaps, rubbing alcohol, and baby powder for the patients.
“We are expanding Sikap, Tulong Sulong!, our Corporate Social responsibility program to include programs on health,” added Delgado. “Supporting a 62-year old non-profit institution like PCPI is a step in the right direction as we fulfill our mandate of providing energy and sharing our resources to help the Philippines move forward.”