Fun run for a cause

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


EVEN non-runners who are not used to waking up so early in the morning surely had good reasons to rise early to be able to join the “Run and Save A Life 3” last Sunday at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park.

Aside from helping a charity, which is itself a good enough motivation, participants to the charity run/walk event get to see four of the brightest celebrities in showbiz.

Race organizers flew in model-actor-host Derek Ramsay, model-racer Matteo Guidicelli, beauty queen Bianca Manalo, and beauty entrepreneur Cristalle Belo Henares.

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Surely, runners had a wonderful time jogging beside these four stars, and have their photos taken with them after the fun run.

Now on its third consecutive year, the event was jointly organized by the St. Scholastica’s Bacolod Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (SSBAFI) and the provincial government of Negros Occidental.

Race categories included 1k, 3k, 5k and 10k courses, as well as the 2nd Kolasa 3k Batch Walkathon (open to all SSA-B batches) and the 2nd Belo 5k Group Walk Challenge (sponsored by the Belo Medical Group and participated by the Capitolville Walkers, the Sta. Clara Homeowners’ Association and the St. John’s Institute Alumni Association.)

This was the second year that Derek and Matteo joined the event.

Medals were given to the Top 3 male and female 1k winners, while cash prizes and medals were given to the Top 3 male and female winners of 3k, 5k and 10k categories.

Fun prizes were given to the overall winner of the Kolasa 3k Batch Walkathon, while the Belo Medical Group awarded P10,000 cash prize to the champion of the Belo 5k Group Walk Challenge.

Funds raised are for benefit of the SSBAFI’s “Save A Life” project and “Give A Life Project.”

“Save A Life” project has benefited hundreds of pediatric patients in government hospitals, including cardiac patients who have been sent to Manila for open heart surgeries; while “Give A Life” project has given free immunizations (MMR, Hepa-B, HIB, DTaP and Pneumo 23) to thousands of children across Negros Occidental. (Danny B. Dangcalan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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