The Saipan Marianas Lions Club donated last Friday rubber shoes and books for underprivileged students at Saipan Southern High School.
Club officers and members presented the donation to SSHS staff led by principal Lyn Mendiola, Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, Ed.D., and student council officers.
Saipan Marianas Lions Club president Paul Madriaga said Friday that the shoe donation idea came from Lion Annamae Adaza, who serves as vice president in the PTSA.
Adaza found out that some students don't have rubber shoes to use in their physical education classes, inspiring the Lions to solicit sponsorship for the needed footwear, said Madriaga.
“Some might say it's only rubber shoes but it is a big thing for these students. This is one of those things that hamper the learning process of our students,” he said.
Madriaga said they sought assistance from their counterparts in District 204 in Guam and are grateful that some of them responded to the call, sending check donations or actual boxes of shoes to Saipan.
“This is just a proof that local Lions can go beyond its border and seek help for the benefit of our community,” said Madriaga, thanking Lions Emelio Uy of National Office Supply, Rey Acierto, Zeny Cachila, Linda Tolan, and Rose Moore.
“As the students receive these new pairs of shoes, I believe their morale will be higher and the students will eventually be motivated. Who knows, among the student recipients is one good athlete waiting to be discovered and show his or her potential,” he added.
The 40 pairs of rubber shoes, valued at $1,000, was also made possible through the efforts of Saipan Marianas Lions Club officers and members who sang carols to raise funds for the cause, Madriaga said.
They are Adaza, Olive Yana, Nel Atalig, Flor Miranda, Ana De Guzman, Rey Garcia, Tin Podiquit, Linda Arriola, Lolit Velasco, Domeng Dones, Rudy Santos, and volunteers Rex Yabut, Lolit Albarico, and Ramhae Awit.
Madriaga also expressed his appreciation to generous community members who supported their caroling activity: Shirley Kim, Lito and Malou Mendoza, Richard and Babes Cano, Pete and Jean Camacho, Albert and Emy Tiu, Richard Saludez, Ruben and Liza Avendano, Gary and Nora Orpiano, Fr. Celso Magbanua, Jr., Dr. Esther Kanayjorn, Elena Delos Santos, Marcia Ayuyu, Yoly de Ramos, Mario Mayuga, Gov. Benigno Fitial, Lucy Cabrera, Angel Demapan, and governor's office staff, Danny and Remy Buniag.
Meanwhile, the two boxes of books that were also handed over Friday came from the Wellingham Lions Club in Washington State, MD 19.
To become a Lions Club member, contact membership chair Nel Atalig at 989-3858, secretary Olive Yana at 989-9823 or Madriaga at 287-4501.