Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ecija fun run for victims of sex abuse, ‘Yolanda’ lures 1,000 runners
CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – A fun run organized by the students’ organization of the Wesleyan University of the Philippines to raise funds for victims of sexual abuse and those displaced by typhoon “Yolanda” kicked off before dawn here yesterday, participated in by 1,000 runners.
Dubbed “Run for Kids 2014,” the event started at 4 am at Plaza Acacia inside the Cushman Campus of the WUP - Nueva Ecija’s oldest private university - along Mabini Extension here.
The run-for-a-cause activity was organized by the university’s supreme student council (SSC) led by its president Juan Rolando Dizon, the event’s overall chairman and council vice president and co-project head Amira Panginen.
Ian Javier, council secretary and project head, said the 1,000 participants came from all walks of life, the youngest of whom was a seven-year-old kid. The event was categorized into three, one involving a three-kilometer run, another for five kilometers and the third for a distance of 10 kilometers.
The 5km run was for runners 12 years and above while the 10kkm for adults. The first placer stands to receive P2,000 plus medal, the second placer P1,500 and the third P1,000.
Emmanuel Cleto, SSC adviser, said they expect the fun run to be a resounding success since all the jerseys were almost sold out three days before the actual event.
Javier said they expect to raise P300,000 from the three events, proceeds of which will go to victims of sexual abuses at the Home for Girls in Palayan City and those affected by Yolanda in Tacloban City.
He said that last year, a similar fun run benefited 30 cancer-stricken children where they were able to procure machine for bone marrow transplant.The sponsors for the fun run were such firms as SaveMore, Robinson’s, Smart Communications, Jollibee, Kia, BanKo, Towncall, Chevrolet, Peugot, Red Logo, Philippine National Police, Cabanatuan Electric Corp., Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center (PJGMRMC), BDO, Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), Cakeland, NE Pacific, Coffee La Tea, Vicentico’s, 14M, Toyota, Mercury Drug, Manson Drug, M Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier, Gloria Jeans Coffee, Slice & Dice, Blue Copy, Medlinks and Maybank. – Manny Galvez
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