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Write On! by Lucille NolascoGiving back and paying it forward

by Lucille Nolasco

Zumbayanihan organizers present donation to Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. (l-r): Rhiz Aco, Courtney Leiman of the CHFM, Lucille Nolasco & Rey-ar Reyes

We have been taught to be always grateful for all the things that life throws our way. Everything happens for a reason, right? We have to be thankful not just for the abundant blessings but also for the different challenges that shape our lives.

One of the things that I am really thankful for is good health. If you are healthy, there are so many things you can do and enjoy. So we should not be taking the health of our body and mind for granted. Health is wealth, so they say. If you are healthy, then good for you! Other people are not so lucky, like the thousands of children being helped by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Established in 1971, the Children’s Hospital Foundation works to support the special healthcare needs of children through reliable and consistent funding for pediatric medical research, as well as equipment and programs at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.

So it was a no-brainer that ZIN™ Rhiz Aco, Rey-ar Reyes and I, chose them as the beneficiary for our very first Zumba®Yanihan event held on September 9, 2017. With the support of our loving families, friends and sponsors, we were able to donate $2,000 to the CHFM.

“Thank you for your wonderful and hard work!” said Courtney Leiman, the Annual/Mid-Level Giving Officer for the CHFM. “I’m so pleased we are able to buy the needed bedside table for the children in the hospital.”

October 9th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. We have so many reasons to be thankful for! I thank God for my family, my friends in different parts of the world, my CKJS Radio family, my Pilipino Express family and to all the people who strive to make this world a better place.

Lucille Nolasco is an announcer and creative writer at CKJS Radio 810 AM in Winnipeg. She hosts Afternoon Pasada, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. She is an ardent believer that “health is wealth” and she is a certified Zumba instructor. You can send your message or comments to Lucille at

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