The irrepressible members of Batch ’79 got together again recently, this time not just to enjoy each other’s company but to launch a worthy project never done before.
On November 6 they all thronged to the LDHS campus and held a medical mission. “A big success,” thus quipped Elena Lopez to describe their batch’s activity, in an e-mail she sent to us. “The new principal, the teachers, and the students were all happy to avail themselves of the services we offered, and they told us we were the first group to do such a project.”
The mission consisted of dental services, eye and ECG checkups, and even haircut as bonus.
Dentists Minerva Encarnacion and Maritess Calayag-Tan brought along their dentist sons to lead the five-member dental team that did extraction services. Leonila Roxas and her daughter, both ophthalmologists, did the eye checkups. Elena reported that Leonila is set to return to LDHS to hand over the free eyeglasses she is making for the mission beneficiaries.
An ECG checkup was also held at the LDHS clinic, which was done by a staff of Councilor Rolan Valeriano (Batch ’81). The batch’s medical doctor was supposed to join the mission, but was stranded by the strong rains in Bohol. A hairdresser, Federico Arebuabo, offered free haircut to the students.
Elena: “The mission’s original plan was to have the residents of the surrounding barangays as beneficialries. But eventually, we thought why not focused on LDHS students and teachers, considering that they also need this kind of services?”And as it turned out, the mission was warmly welcomed by the LDHS community.
Batch ’79 is planning to hold another mission next year and Elena said it might be a good idea if other batches could either join them in this worthy project or initiate similar activities. “If we could be of help to those who want to launch medical missions, we are more than willing to help.”
Our kudos to all members of Batch ’79.
To view more pictures and videos of this activity, please visit Elena Lopez’s page at LDHS Alumni Network.