Note: The concert was scheduled for 5:00PM but the livestream began at 4:30PM and featured videos from ADRA Emergency Responses in the last 2 years.
ADRA held its first online fundraising concert last July 4, 2020 via the ADRA Facebook Page featuring the Adventist University of the Philippines Academy Choir. Though all the songs sung during the concert were pre-recorded to avoid technical difficulties, ADRA PR & Marketing Officer Aimee Tapeceria and conductor Cyril Punay were live and were able to interact the viewers.
Cyril Punay and Aimee Tapeceria
“As a choir director, this pandemic has placed so many limitations on what we can do, but I thank God for technology that still allows us to still interact. I also thank Him for my students who were very eager to share their talents despite their different responsibilities at home and at school.” shared Cyril at the beginning of the concert.
“I accepted this challenge to host ADRA’s online concert because I have so many things to be thankful for, not just during this time, but all throughout my life. And any opportunity to serve is special for me. I thank God and ADRA for this opportunity where the choir and I can share and witness through music.”
The concert featured the songs:
- I Need Thee Every Hour
- Nearer Still Nearer
- With You
- This Could Be The Day
- He Is Risen
- His Life for Mine
- Crucified with Christ
As of this writing, the concert was able to raise P20,450 which will included in the the 6-month project that ADRA is developing in partnership with the Adventist Church.
The 6-month project will be in partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church and other Adventist institutions in the Philippines for continued response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines, but specifically targeting the COVID-19 affected communities and medical frontliners. The funds raised during the concert (and other fundraising events in the next months) will go towards this project.
The project will be implemented across the country, in areas with high numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The project activities will include the following:
- Provision of psychosocial support to medical front liners. The project will promote psychosocial wellbeing through psychosocial and psychological care such as psychological first aid, psychological counseling and linking people with psychosocial problems to resources and services. ADRA Philippines’ partner institution, the Adventist University of the Philippines’ Psychology Department, will provide the much-needed psychosocial support.
- Provision of temporary foot-operated hand washing facilities in public spaces. Hand washing facilities will be installed in strategic places in public markets and transport terminals for protection and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within the target communities along with key messages in print, posted near the facility.
- Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and disinfectants to health facilities
- Promotion of key messages on COVID-19, WASH and nutrition through social media and printed IECs in easy to understand formats. ADRA Philippines will use its social media accounts to expand coverage of information dissemination of relevant key messages.