The nationwide simultaneous fun run that was supposed to take place on 11 August 2012 has been moved to September 16 following the weeklong floods in Metro Manila that required massive rescue and relief operations.
“Due to relentless rains that submerged most of Metro Manila that week and considering the risks associated with staging a fun run at a flooded CCP Complex, organizers of PaaralRun– AusAID, PA3i, and event organizer Chili Grass — have decided to move the conduct of PaaralRun to September,” PA3i National President Mr Arvin Yana said.
“We also thought it would be inappropriate and insensitive to hold it in the midst of a deluge that claimed lives and left thousands trapped or stranded,” Mr Yana added.
Dubbed as ‘PaaralRun: Race for a Brighter Future’, PA3i aims to stage the activity to raise some P800,000 of proceeds to fund the education of 30 kids under the World Vision Child Sponsorship Program.
The main activity in Manila will not only fund the scholarships of poor elementary students but will also serve as a platform for Australian education to be showcased to Filipinos. Four universities – the Curtin University, University of Newcastle, University of Melbourne, and Charles Darwin University are co-sponsoring the event and will mount exhibits on study opportunities including scholarships at the venue.
“The advocacy for educating abandoned children is something that PA3i and the World Vision share, and we invite interested Filipinos, Australia-trained or not, to have fun running with us while sharing that vision,” Mr Yana said.
Supported by AusAID Manila, the benefit run will be attended by Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell and local celebrities. It will be held at the at the Vicente Sotto St. (in front of PICC) CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Run categories are 3k, 5k and 10k, and registration fees range from P500 to P1000. While the main event is at the CCP Complex, it will be held simulataneously by the PA3i chapters in Baguio City, Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Cotabato City, Davao City, Iligan City, Los Banos, and Tagbilaran City. Registration details for different cities including prizes can be found on the event website – www.paaralrun.com. Online registration has been extended up to September 5, and registration at the following sites has been moved to September 12:
1. World Vision booth at SM Megamall
(12nn – 8:00pm)
4th Floor Bridgeway infront of Dad’s and Fitness First
2. World Vision booth at Ayala Center Trinoma
(12nn – 8:00 pm)
2nd floor beside GEOX and NIKE
3. World Vision Office
389 Quezon Ave., West 6th St., West Triangle, Quezon City
4. PAHRODF Office
Level 3 JMT Bldg., ADB Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City
World Vision is an international child-focused, relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities worldwide to overcome poverty and injustice. It has been working in the Philippines since 1957 to uplift the lives of children in some of the country’s poorest provinces.
PA3i is an AusAID-supported network of more than a thousand Australia-trained/educated Filipinos in the Philippines spread over 12 chapters nationwide and is involved in various socio-civic activities in the areas of governance, disaster risk reduction, education, and the environment, among others.
BAGUIO CITY Dir. Ma. Aurora Quiray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BUTUAN Atty Noemi Torres (email@example.com)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora ‘Popop’ Cariño (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CEBU CITY Prof. Lorylie Crisostomo (email@example.com)
COTABATO CITY Engr Domingo Guariño (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DAVAO CITY Mr Simeon Marfori (email@example.com)
ILIGAN CITY Ms Virginia Junsan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LOS BANOS Prof Nelio Altoveros (email@example.com)
NCR Atty. Teresita Tuazon (firstname.lastname@example.org or via the PA3i National Secretariat)
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