ANCOP Unites Bermuda Residents
Bermudians, resident guest workers, old and young, gathered at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday morning, September 18, 2011, for the global ANCOP Charity Walk. The event was a fundraiser for three intended recipients: Shelter for the poor in third world countries; education for the poor; and, local charity projects in Bermuda. More than 200 people registered and participated in the second 5 Kilometer Walk organized by ANswering the Cry Of the Poor (ANCOP). ANCOP started its first 5K Walk in 2009. ANCOP is a registered charity in Bermuda, a ministry under Couples for Christ (CFC), and is a Christian, Catholic non-profit organization that dedicates itself to proclaiming CHRIST, and the Christian faith, by uplifting the plight of the poor.
In what seemed to be a gloomy and cloudy weekend which started with scattered showers all over the Island on Saturday, Sunday was greeted with a bright morning sunrise in the delight of the registered participants. The event was attended by a mix of youth and those advanced in years. Even toddlers and infants were straddled carefully on their strollers, ready to take part in making a difference. After a solemn opening prayer, an experienced dance instructor dazzled the crowd with an intense Zumba warm up exercise. Evelou Mosley, President of ANCOP International (Bermuda), welcomed the participants and challenged them to fight poverty and share what we can to the poor. The Bermuda ANCOP Walk commenced thereafter, following a route towards Lovers Lane in Paget and circling back in Tea Street, Devonshire, before heading back to the rendezvous point at the Botanical Gardens via Berry Hill Road.
The event was capped by a raffle draw of multiple prizes from calling cards to travel gift certificates sponsored by C-Travel, and other sponsors for the 2011 ANCOP Walk.
For about two hours of walking, there was no division amongst anyone. Only a radiant glimpse of unity that brings hope not just for the Bermuda residents, but for the whole world. The message from the free t-shirts provided to the participants said it all, “Less for self, more for others, enough for all.” ANCOP continues to accept donations and may be reached through www.ancopbermuda.com.