There are more sad stories than Nena Schwartz wants to think about.
The gist of it though: poor, handicapped children in the Philippines and their need to become part of society. They need money for benefits, such as an education or basics to help with their disabilities.
To do so, Schwartz is hosting a bowling event, this one Nov. 16 to benefit the Bambang Sunshine Project, something she's been doing since 2002.
The event begins at 1 p.m. at Land Glo Bowl in New Port Richey. Cost is $12, which covers three games.
"I wish I could go on Oprah and ask for more help," Schwartz said. "The money is the most important thing that these kids need. Sometimes they need surgery and there's not always a place in Bambang — that's the city there — where they can have the surgery need.
"Because it's a third-world country, they can't do anything because they can't afford it. A lot of kids stay home when their parents go to work because they can't do anything for them."
The Bambang Sunshine Project was organized in 1997 by Schwartz's sister, Flora Kingscote, and the proceeds it gathers go directly to helping these kids with either physical or mental therapy, as well as surgery, even to helping blind children learn to play the piano. Schwartz says the project has raised money for children to get prosthetic legs as well as learn braille.
"It's through bowling that I found out that people can help, and the money that we raise, I send over there to them," Schwartz said. "This (project) helps them, lets them get out of the house, live a life and be part of a society, because they think they are cursed and they just aren't."
For information, call Schwartz at (727) 992-5492 or visit www.bambangsunshineproject.org.uk.
OPEN HOUSE: The East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills is hosting two open houses to celebrate its recent makeover. Nov. 8 is Be a Member for the Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special activities that include water aerobics, yoga, spin and zumba classes. Nov. 15 will be Family Play Day from noon to 4 p.m., which will include a bounce house, hot dogs and fun for the whole family.
For more information, please call (813) 780-9622.
RUNNING: The second annual Hike for Hospice, 5K (3.1 miles), is to raise money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. It will happen twice in one day, Saturday — at 9 a.m. and a second time at 11 a.m.
The first will be at the Recreation and Aquatic Center at 6630 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, and the second at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. The cost is $35 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and younger.
For information, call Jennifer York toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.
MORE RUNNING: The 15th Annual Flapjack Festival 5K Run will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center. The cost is $15, or $20 the day of the race.
The run will be throughout the complex, making it similar to a cross-country run.
For information, e-mail Kris Keppel at [email protected]
HORSE RIDING: The Southeastern All Gaited Horse Association will host a show at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Pasco Horsemen's Association, 13215 Fivay Road in Hudson.
Signup starts at 9 a.m. and all gaited horses are welcome. For information, call Bob Glover at (352) 297-9056 or visit www.seagh.com.
TABLE TENNIS: The Jerome Brown Community Center hosts open table tennis nights from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday. Cost is $3 and the night is geared toward adults, but skilled kids 16 and up are welcome.
VOLLEYBALL: JBC also hosts open volleyball night from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in its gym. Cost is also $3 and the night features pickup games for adults, but skilled teenagers are also welcome.
For more info, call (352) 544-5498.
Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to [email protected]