Camp BraveHeart 2019 brings hope to kids with heart ailments
The kids of Camp BraveHeart together with Allianz PNB Life volunteers
Allianz PNB Life partnered with the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) for Camp BraveHeart, a yearly event and advocacy campaign supporting kids with heart ailments from lower income families.
The 13th Camp BraveHeart was held last February 10 at the Hotel H20 in Manila Ocean Park. It was attended by cardiologists from member organizations and hospitals of the PHA, kids with heart ailments accompanied by guardians, and employee-volunteers from Allianz PNB Life. It was a whole day event that featured short lectures on heart health, as well as fun games for the kids.
Allianz Asia Pacific Head of Market Management Center of Excellence Gino Riola delivering his welcome remarks
Allianz Asia Pacific Head of Market Management Center of Excellence Gino Riola started the day with a message from Allianz. He thanked everyone, especially PHA, for the opportunity given to Allianz to be able to reach out to those in need. “We at Allianz are very grateful to have this opportunity to give hope to these little kids and their parents,” said Riola. To empower kids, he also told a story on how to not give up on their dreams of being successful despite certain hindrances in life.
Valuation Manager Sam Modina and Campaigns and Brand Activations Specialist DJ Pascual during Allianz’s financial literacy seminar
Allianz also held a short financial literacy session for the kids, headed by Valuation Manager Sam Modina, who told the kids the short fable of “Ang Langgam at ang Tipaklong” that teaches young kids the value of saving money. After the storytelling, a game that teaches kids the importance of prioritizing needs instead of the wants was facilitated by Campaigns and Brand Activations Specialist DJ Pascual. The kids actively participated; they were able to correctly identify what needs are, and they were rewarded with prizes after the game.
Dr. Cecilienne Acosta of the PHA Council on Congenital Heart Diseased gave a lecture about the 52100 heart code, a campaign that promotes a healthy heart through five doable steps: five servings of vegetable and fruits; maximum of two hours of screen (computer, video) time; one hour of moderate physical activity preferably daily or at least four days a week; zero soda or sugar-sweetened drinks; and zero smoking
A CPR lecture and demo was also held by Dr. Kristine Paguntalan, a fellow from the Philippine Heart Center. The guardians who attended the camp were able to learn how to properly do CPR in case the need arises.
Camp BraveHeart kids
In between breaks, the kids and their guardians toured around the Manila Ocean Park. Everyone enjoyed seeing different kinds of sea creatures and learning about them as well. They were also able to witness a live sea lion show, and touch some live sting rays.
The day ended with smile on everyone’s faces as the PHA, the kids, and their guardians thanked Allianz for their support on Camp BraveHeart.