Can one make history and help end hunger at the same time?
For those who took part in Rise Against Hunger's Guinness World Record Meal Packaging event, all it took were a few minutes.
Volunteers' willingness to help those affected by natural disasters such as Typhoon 'Ompong' in the Philippines led them to successfully set a global record of fastest meal packing in five minutes.
From Richmond, D.C., New York, Dallas, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Houston, and Philadelphia in the United States, to the Philippines, Italy, and South Africa, volunteers rose to pack meals as fast as they can.
To make their mark, at least 500 volunteers from all locations must be able to complete packing in five minutes meals consisting of a vitamin sachet, soy, veggies, and rice.
In the Philippines, Rise Against Hunger mounted the event in Conrad Manila. There, 214 employee-volunteers from Globe Telecom and the hotel took part in the historic feat.
Volunteers from the Philippines comprised 25 percent of the global total number of volunteers that reached over 800.
Jaypee Gulay of Globe Telecom's Corporate Citizenship said funds for the meal packs were drawn from donations of Globe Rewards customers, which reached P1.1 million. Globe Telecom then matched this amount for a total donation of P2.2 million to Rise Against Hunger, a non-government organization that produces healthy food packs for calamity response.
This translated to 22,222 meal packs, which will be distributed by International Care Ministries to 1,500 families in Typhoon Ompong-stricken Baggao town in Cagayan. Each family will receive 14 packs, which will last for 14 days.
Meals packed in locations abroad will also have their own beneficiaries.
"We are hoping the meal packs you create today help end hunger," Conrad Manila Chief of Operations Leo Holli said in a speech at the start of the event.
"There should not be any more hunger. Let's make this record and let's end hunger."
For Globe employee-volunteer Danni Fernandez, more than making history, what is important is being able to help.
"There are a lot of brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon Ompong. I want to be part of this event primarily because I want to help. It's a noble act na kailangang tumulong ka lang even with no recognition," he said.
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