The James Mackay Foundation gave me the opportunity to be of real service to kids with special needs – one that I am passionate about. When you are doing the thing that you love the most, you give your 100%. Initially, my involvement was about giving the special kids great, memorable parties and events. However, as I was gradually absorbing my tasks, this dramatically changed the way I see life.
When I took the challenge to be the head of the James Mackay Foundation, I had the chance to be inspired by the Philippine National School for the Blind. It made me appreciate life even more because the kids there gave meaning to the work that I do. They motivated me to do more and reach for more in life, for myself but more importantly, for others. Because of them, I am able to conceptualize and create more programs that bring them closer to our lives and prepare them for the road ahead, and to do it in such a way that they would be able to travel that road a lot safer. In other words, programs that would allow them to have an opportunity to live a fuller life.
Being the head of the foundation is quite a pleasure, yet it is tough sometimes. My hardest task is to provide more for our beneficiary even though they are happy with whatever we can provide. We can only do so much, and honestly, it’s never enough. But they give me inspiration that drives me to do more and come up with more campaigns that help raise awareness.
In James Mackay Foundation, we do not only help the kids, but the teachers and their family, too. Our duty is to ensure the road is clear for them and to open different paths for them to take, that they have our love and God’s guiding hand.
My vision is to take this working model from the city to the different villages in the province, knowing that there are still many kids and parents out there who remain in the dark. We will build business centers where the kids and their families can run a business and earn real money. We shall continue to find scholars and support them until they reach their goals. Through the James Mackay Foundation, we will train new teachers, teach those who do not have the skill set for college, and make sure that they will become proud, productive members of the society who can give hope and light to others.
At the end of the day it’s about being inspired enough to DARE TO CARE and DARING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. I DARE TO ACCEPT THAT CHALLENGE.