A Jedi Knight's "Colorful" Holy Week

Friday, April 29, 2011
Many of us spend our Holy Week out-of-town, going on vacation or enjoying the alluring scene at the beach. This year, while I spent most of the Week at home, the highlight was one unforgettable out-of-town trip, not with swimmers or tourists but with kids who "live life to the fullest."

Being a member of the Philippine Chapter of the Rebel Legion, I've been to a number of events where our presence as a costumed group was requested. The principle of the Legion, inspired by its sister organization, the 501st Legion, is to don costumes for charity. And one charity we've promised our appearance this year is the Rainbow Camp at Hermosa, Bataan.

Rainbow Camp is an annual Holy Week camp designed by volunteer doctors, nurses and health professionals for kids with diabetes. Everything from food, activities, schedules and games take into account the risks involved and the needs of the participants, the oldest at 18 years old.

This year, they've chosen Star Wars for their camp theme. So, I and Macy, a fellow Rebel, together with the 501st Legion's Jerome and Jovan set out for Bataan to surprise the kids and show them how we adults enjoy donning costumes and playing with toys.

The camp was so enjoyable. After our appearance, we were whisked into the judges' table to give scores to the participants' costumes. The kids (and the adults), in all their make-up, clothing and props would resemble an invasion in the Empire. The effort was just enlightening.

In the end, it was the kids' time to shine. Despite battling with a sickness, no hint of tire or weariness can be seen from them. The camp was like a home where they learn the beginnings of being normal... that having diabetes is just a different lifestyle for a normal person. People must learn from them, to not dwell on problems but live and work with it.

Before leaving the camp, we saw some of the participants graduate. We're sure that they will bring to their lives what they've learned in their years at Rainbow Camp. Not to mention the friendships they've earned... when they've grown mature over the years, they themselves will be teaching young ones how to cope with their disease, just like a Jedi Knight teaches his Padawan Learner...

4 comments:

nixielycious at: April 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM said...

nice thank you for coming to Rainbow Camp Galactica :)

hope to see you next year again :)

Echo at: April 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM said...

It was an eye-opening experience... will try to come back and bring more friends (and funds) to the camp...

gina at: May 1, 2011 at 11:55 PM said...

We are all honored by the presence of your group. On behalf of the whole Rainbow Camp (staffs, volunteers and campers) we thank you so much for your support. Your group made us all happy. God Bless you all.

Echo at: May 2, 2011 at 12:10 AM said...

@Gina: Pleasure is ours as well. We hope the camp will see more participants, donors and activities next year...

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