October 2, 2023

Forty-six paintings made by children with cancer were sold at an auction held by a local chapter of an international service organization last Wednesday.

Jaime Tee, newly installed president of Metro Baguio Lions Club, said the group thought of supporting the Helping Hand, Healing Heart Ministries, Philippines, a foundation that benefits Filipino children in crisis situations by providing medical support, residential care and recovery program, through the auction.

The paintings using acrylic and watercolor on canvas as well as pencil drawings were done by 40 residents of the foundation.

The proceeds will be used for the needs and medicines of the children especially those undergoing chemotherapy, said Marissa dela Peña, Helping Hand, Healing Heart Ministries assistant director.

She expressed gratitude to those who bought the paintings.

Dela Peña said despite the pain being experienced by the sick children, they have good imagination and creativity which they are able to show and share through their paintings and drawings.

She said they saw the talent of the children and wanted to help hone it and boost the children’s spirits by selling their works. She said marketing the paintings also helps raise funds needed for their treatment.

Helping Hand, Healing Heart Ministries, which was established in 2001, is accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It is a recovery unit providing halfway home for sick children. – PNA