Feature: Nanay Norma dances to the tune of volunteerism

  • August 11, 2017

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug. 11 (PIA)--- Norma Adamat, 69, a retired teacher devotes herself to doing various volunteer activities in Kidapawan City.


What makes Nanay Norma’s volunteer engagement more unique is her desire in promoting arts. Being a devoted ballroom dancer herself, Nanay Norma initiated the organization of the Kidapawan City Dance Sports Team.


From the processing of papers, paying all the fees and recruiting volunteer dancers and members, she made it to the point that all efforts will be paid of.


At present, her team has 60 dancers who meet regularly. Nanay Norma has also passed on the essence of volunteerism to some of the members of the team who likewise voluntarily conduct dance tutorials. For her, it is better that the youth will be engaged in arts for them to draw away from vices.


Just recently, Nanay Norma’s dedication and perseverance helped Kidapawan City  bag the Guinness World Record on the largest performance of Cha-cha-cha with over 14,000 participants.


Meanwhile, it was noted that way back her teaching stint in a high school in Cotabato City, Nanay Norma was also able to organize the Amihan Dance Troupe. with 34 dancers whom she trained to perform in various activities.


Aside from her volunteer efforts in promoting arts, Nanay Norma’s name is famous when it comes to volunteer activities in the field of scouting wherein she not only led various outreach activities but also inspired girl scouts in Cotabato City to do community service. She has also facilitated a potable water system project in one of the sitios in Kidapawan City which now serves over 30 households. Moreover, through Nanay Norma’s volunteer efforts, two high school students under the Witness Protection Program and two out-of-school-youth finished college through modular teaching.


These are just some of the highlights of Nanay Norma’s volunteerism journey. No wonder, she was nominated as Kidapawan City Hero in 2016.


At her age, Nanay Norma said that there is still a lot of work to do in helping others. Every single dance step she takes, is a hope that her actions could make a big leap in making a difference. (SJDuerme-PIA12) 

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