Spreading the holiday cheer
Spreading the holiday cheer.

Microsoft Philippines held its first Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Volunteer Day during the Christmas season, where Microsoft partners and employees celebrated with the children of Virlanie Foundation. Microsoft and Virlanie Foundation share a common goal of enhancing the lives of street children in the Philippines.

MPN is a Microsoft program which provides support and resources to its business partners, enabling them to reach their full potential. These partners were encouraged to sign up for the event or make a donation to the Virlanie Foundation.

“Microsoft believes in the power of helping people, especially during the holiday season. Through the MPN Volunteer Day, we hope to show our dedication to the community by putting smiles on the faces of many children and hope they will have an enjoyable day with the Microsoft family,” said Clarissa Segismundo, Partner Development and Programs Lead, Microsoft Philippines.

On 2 December 2011, Microsoft invited 30 children of Virlanie Foundation to the event and prepared entertaining activities such as Xbox® and Kinect™ gaming, storytelling, face painting and arts and crafts.  In addition, the Microsoft partners and employees donated 21,500 Pesos in cash, toys, candies, stationery art kits and various daily necessities.

The streets of Metro Manila are home to thousands of abandoned children and others who are homeless with their families. Virlanie Foundation, which is a non-profit organization based in Makati, helps children who require care and protection by providing them with shelter, donations and programs that help to improve areas such as health and living conditions. It has 12 homes that can each accommodate 20 to 30 children.

“We are glad to take part in this event and thank Microsoft for placing importance on our children’s happiness by reaching out to them,” said Chris Sanchez, Fundraising Officer, Virlanie Foundation. 

The event was a good way for the Microsoft partners and employees to work together in supporting street children by donating to the foundation and caring for the children’s emotional needs. 

For more information on Virlanie Foundation, please visit www.virlanie.org.