Corporations help SAFER Foundation mount Fundraising Bazaar for disaster victims

Corporations help SAFER Foundation mount Fundraising Bazaar for disaster victims

U.P. Town Center and Aji Events Management Services helped organize the Buyanihan Summer Bazaar, raising 137,105 to support the work of  SAFER Foundation in local emergency response.

Manila, Philippines – The Buyanihan Summer Bazaar was held at U.P. Town Center last March 30 to 31, 2019. U.P. Town Center sponsored the venue while Aji Events Management Services donated a total of PHP133,264 from the proceeds of the bazaar to SAFER Foundation. 

(Left to Right) Maxin Arcebal (U.P. Town Center), Sheena Peña (SAFER Foundation), Ajemir Sabocohan (Aji Events Management Services)

The bazaar is SAFER Foundation’s first major public event which aims to raise money for its Quick Response Fund (QRF), a pooled fund that ensures money is sufficient and readily in place before a disaster strikes. This allows SAFER Foundation to disburse money to its local partners efficiently and immediately right after a disaster. The result is that victims receive life-saving relief and assistance on-time during emergency situations. 

Participants who dropped by SAFER's booth were able to pledge an amount for future disasters

A total of 28 small and medium enterprises joined the bazaar in support of the fundraising campaign. The merchants sold local goods varying from artisan products, food, to handicrafts. 

Merchants from Royal Family and Lemon Drops helped build a SAFER Philippines

Photo by: Reine Gabrielle Bantang of Green Giant FM

Cherrie Ann Domingo-Dillera, owner of ‘Artsy Witchy’ said, “I joined because I have a preference towards bazaars with a greater purpose. I am thankful to be a part of the Buyanihan Summer Bazaar.” 

Joy Candia of ‘The Sili Story’ added, “It’s my first time to sell anything at a bazaar. I am very happy to be a part of this fundraising movement.”

Fr. Edu Gariguez, Chairperson of SAFER Foundation also encouraged the Filipino public to foster the bayanihan spirit. He shares, “There should be local action coming from the Filipino public--to help one another, to be in solidarity, and I believe that Filipinos have this kind of spirit.”

The official media partners of the event are Green Giant FM of De La Salle University and DZUP 1602 of University of the Philippines.

About SAFER Foundation

SAFER serves as a pooled fund for private and public donors who want to support local emergency response in the Philippines. The result is that affected Filipino communities receive life-saving relief and assistance in times of crisis. 

SAFER Foundation was founded by three national NGO networks in the Philippines: Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC), NASSA/Caritas Philippines, and CODE-NGO. Our members have a strong and proven track record in humanitarian response and programming, assuring our responses are on-time, high-quality, and with respect to human dignity.

To know more about SAFER Foundation, visit:

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