To celebrate Sandy Aranas’ fifth year in heaven, her family and friends gathered on February 12, 2018 at Green Sun Building in Makati City to launch The Sandy Project, a dengue awareness and prevention campaign with school aged children as the target audience.
“At a tender age of 10, we lost Sandy, my only daughter to complications of dengue. I don’t want other children to suffer her fate or other parents to suffer mine,” said Atty. Peaches Aranas. (Click here to learn more about Sandy’s life)
The launch was an evening of thanksgiving and charitable giving. They had a reading session of “Kung Ako’y Isa”, a children’s book that speaks of a child and what could have been if she were the water, earth, warm wind, or fire in preventing dengue.
The poem ends with the Sandy talking about how, together with many, dengue can be destroyed.
“The launch of The Sandy Project is but a formality. As in the past years, we endeavor to reach more kids to educate and empower them to keep their homes free of stagnant waters and to defeat dengue,” explained Atty. Aranas.
The team, headed by Atty. Aranas will go all over the Philippines and speak to the children by reading the book together. They also do a walk-through of their neighborhood on their slippers with anti-dengue buttons as a reminder for them to act purposely.
Lastly, they will distribute self-testing dengue kits to the health centers to save lives on time.
“Sandy’s life is not ended. Her life lives on through this advocacy,” concluded Atty. Aranas.
For more details or if you are interested in taking part, you may check the Facebook page: The Sandy Project.