Despite her hectic showbiz sked, Alice Dixson still finds time to pay it forward and share her blessings.
This coming Sunday, December 9, the ever-stunning dramatic actress kicks off the second year of her charity bowling event, the Alice Dixson Charity Bowl, at the E-Lanes Bowling Center, Greenhills, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Her beneficiary, the Kalipay Foundation, is a Bacolod-based orphanage that provides long-term care for abused, destitute and marginalized kids.
But what inspired Alice to spearhead such a noble venture?
She explains, “Last year, we were thinking of what to do for my birthday with my friends, and one day, we went bowling. We had so much fun t hat we thought, ‘Why not do a charity bowl event?’ I had no idea how to organize it, so I spoke to one of my director friends, Direk Rich Ilustre, who produces fundraisers for PAWS. In one month, we were able to raise P250k and we really enjoyed putting it together.”
“By His grace, we’ve been able to expand our efforts by finding bigger venues, more participants and more support for our beneficiary through sponsors and donor participation.”
The Kalipay Foundation earned a soft spot in Alice’s heart when she personally saw how they looked after their constituents.
She recalls, “I went to visit Kalipay two years ago while I was in Bacolod, and I saw how the children were treated, the facilities they had and overall, the general condition of the orphanage. It’s not just a place where they’re sheltered and fed, but also experience care and love from the social workers who treat them like their own kids.”
Among Alice’s celebrity friends who joined last year’s competition were Edu Manzano, Donita Rose, Teresa Loyzaga, Maila Gumila, Ara Mina, Tom Rodriguez and Ritz Azul.
This year, she looks forward to more participants both for the celebrity and non-celebrity playoffs.
The charity bowl is open to the public, with a minimum registration fee of P2,500.
Alice also encourages child sponsorship or local/international adoption for Kalipay’s kids.
She points out, “You don’t have to play bowling or be a sponsor or donor to actually help. You can go directly to Kalipay’s website to find out how you can foster a child or even adopt. It only takes P8k a year to feed, clothe and shelter a child.”