The reason for my delay in posting this year has been due to my own health problem. I am currently back in the UK as I had to have an Angiogram due to having been diagnosed with Angina earlier in the year. Since returning at the beginning of October I have had an Angiogram quickly followed by an Angioplasty whereby two stents were implanted in my main arteries to alleviate the Angina. Since this was carried out I'm now in recovery mode and undergoing Cardio Rehabilitation and I must confess to feeling much better than I did before the Angioplasty was carried out. I am looking forward to returning to Talakag and of course assisting the hard working team at Bethany however I can.
So now you know the mystery has been solved and once again I apologise for not keeping up with events as they occur.
Friday, November 8, 2013
It's with much sadness that I have to inform all my readers of the passing of our CEO Mr Greg Longcob.
Greg sadly suffered a heart attach on the 30th of October 2013 and was interned at Bethany's Private Cemetery after a moving service which was well attended. Greg was born on the 21st September 1951 and had just celebrated his 62nd birthday. Greg had spent most of his life at Bethany and will always be remembered as a Bethany child. During his time as CEO he has worked tirelessly along with his wife Rose to ensure the continuation of Bethany as a facility to raise and place needy children as well as provide an education for many children in the town of Talakag and nearby barrios.
This year has been traumatic having seen the passing of Rachel (Chichi) Sulatan and now Greg, I ask you all where possible to pray and assist however you can to enable the good works of Bethany to continue as your help required more than ever.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
It's with great sadness that I inform all my readers and followers that Rachel passed on yesterday 2nd July 2013 at 1,30pm. Rachel has been ill for sometime and born her illness with much courage and dignity. Over the years Rachel along with her husband Fred has lovingly cared for many children who has passed through their cottage and I'm sure she will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. I would like to personally thank all those who assisted Rachel with donations during her illness which was greatly appreciated by the Sulatan family.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
First let me say sorry to all of my readers for not bringing my blog up to date for some time. The reason for this is twofold as I have been very busy with other projects and we travelled back to the UK to visit our son and daughter in law and have only just returned to the Philippines.
To all those who have shown concern about Chi Chi’s medical condition and have contacted me privately concerning the same here is an update. This morning Marilou and I visited Chi Chi at her cottage and discovered she is now confined to her bed. She finds it less painful to recline than sit up. Chi Chi as usual was wearing a brave face but when you know someone for as long as I’ve known her it’s not difficult to realise she is suffering despite her best efforts to prove otherwise. It’s at times like this I wish I had a magic wand and make her well again but I have not and can only hope and pray for her to be comfortable. Like all long time medical patients here in the Philippines it costs money for medication and it’s to this end I humbly ask you to please help in any way you can. Her medication amounts to around PHP 1,000.00 per day that’s $25.00, £15.00 or Euro 18.50. Chi Chi is having to take morphine every 8 hours in order to endure and this is using up the majority of the daily medicine spend.
I just wish I was able to give you better news but it’s not within my power to do so and all I can ask is for your kind assistance in kind and in prayer. If you feel you can possibly help Chi Chi please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you details on how to send a donation which will go direct to Chi Chi. As I mentioned previously I have informed Chi Chi of those who contacted me regarding her condition and she thanks you all for your best wishes and kind thoughts.