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This is Lucy Torres’ greatest dream come true for Ormoc

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It has become a life’s mission of sorts to help local fishermen bounce back.

Ormoc Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez took a trip down memory lane four years after typhoon Yolanda, and she is overwhelmed to see the huge difference which she has seen.

The model turned politiko proudly recounted her original dream of helping 100 fishermen to get new boats so that they return to their daily work. That 100 eventually grew together with the help of her friends and generous businessmen donors who pitched in for the grand project.

“In this photo is a miniature model of a banca, which was a giveaway during the launch Bench did for Mission Possible: The Fishing Boat project of Leyte IV. I keep it where I can see it daily, to remind me that dreams come true because God activates His people to be instruments and channels of His goodness,” the politiko said.

And then there was this dream. To help fishermen get a headstart again. I was scared to make a go for it, but my Richard, ever the brave one, made me believe that together we could spearhead the launch of maybe even just one hundred bancas. To help even just 100 fishermen. And change even just 100 lives immediately for the better. All we needed was someone to fuel that dream and get the journey going. And Bench, ever so generous, made it sail, giving hundreds of boats from their company alone. Then there was the Rotary Club of Makati, followed by countless more clubs from different chapters. Boss Manny Pangilinan and Bong Santamaria of SMART. Mr. Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation. Doc Vicki Belo and Alice Eduardo, always ever so generous and wonderful. Many, many private companies, individuals, people I have never met, strangers who have become friends, my colleagues in Congress who helped quietly in their personal capacity. A child who gave me her piggy bank to buy a fishermen his boat. A reporter who, after interviewing me about the project tearfully giving me the 5k she had in her wallet for the cause. The couple who, instead of wedding giveaways, opted to use the budget to buy a fishermen one banca. Birthday celebrants who asked friends to pool funds for boats in lieu of gifts. I have many, many stories to warm the pockets of my heart. (The full list of donors is in rebuildormoc.com) And so that dream of maybe just a hundred boats gave way to a reality of thousands. Thousands of fishermen. Thousands of lives changed. And all it took was a leap of faith. And after having been at the reveiving end of so much kindness, how can I not have faith in humanity, in the innate good that I know is out there? In this photo is a miniature model of a banca, which was a giveaway during the launch Bench did for Mission Possible: The Fishing Boat project of Leyte IV. I keep it where I can see it daily, to remind me that dreams come true because God activates His people to be instruments and channels of His goodness. Thank you to the thousands who bought in on the dream. Because of you, hope sails on.❤️ @bcbench @alicegeduardo @victoria_belo

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What an inspiring tale!