by Leah H. Salterio
On its second year, the Ike and Nena Belo Foundation of the Belo Medical Group helps children with cancer by funding the full renovation of the treatment room of the Children’s Cancer Ward and Hematology Center at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (Lungsod ng Kabataan).
The Ike and Nena Foundation was put up by Dr. Vicki Belo, in honor of her parents, lawyer Enrique Belo and wife Florencia, who instilled in her the value of charitable giving.
The treatment room had its blessing and inauguration last September 8, which is also the birth anniversary of Atty. Ike Belo. The activity was also part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Belo Medical Group this year.
Present were Dr. Belo, her mom Nena Belo, daughter Cristalle Belo Henares, Belo doctors, managers, celebrity endorsers (Regine Velasquez, Sam Concepcion, Mark Bautista, Valerie Concepcion, Grace Lee) and Dr. Vince Gomez from the PCMC.
Magician Alakim delighted the children with his tricks. Jollibee also added fun by bringing its popular mascot and distributing snacks to the kids.
The Ike and Nena Belo Foundation is a non-profit corporate charity meant to shape lives, with education, surgical assistance and environmental protection as its advocacies.
The private foundation was created for the education of needy children, rehabilitation of burned victims, surgery of children with cleft palate and environmental awareness. The core advocacy is geared towards the physical, mental and social welfare of the beneficiaries.
“The foundation carries the legacy of my parents and it is Belo’s way of giving back after 20 years of being in the business,”
Dr. Belo said. “We want to be part of shaping people’s lives by fulfilling their goals and giving them a sense of value and satisfaction.”
Dr. Belo makes it a point to be on top of all the activities and charitable missions of foundation, which include annual scholarship grants to poor but deserving students, community outreach programs, public service, medical missions, surgical/medical assistance and environmental campaigns.
Among the activities that the Ike and Nena Foundation has completed are the outreach to the less fortunate at Baseco Compound in Tondo, donating school supplies to students in Mindoro, the Belo Goes Green environmental campaign, treatment of burned victims and ongoing scholarship grants to eight students.