Youth org holds fun run for Visayas

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WE saw the devastation that hit most of the cities and provinces in Visayas.

It started off with the earthquake that destroyed churches, houses and even bridges.

Not later enough, the strongest typhoon that ever hit the earth fell on the Philippines especially on the islands of Visayas.

Many homes vanished. Food was scarce. Lives were lost. Yet in this time of adversities, two things remain in them—resiliency and hope.

A month after the typhoon, this group of ‘barkada’ whom they call themselves H.O.P.E. (Helping Others, Priceless Experience) Organization spearheaded a run for a cause named Dagan Para Visayas: A Run for a Cause for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda on December 15, 2013, Sunday, at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

H.O.P.E Organization, in partnership with the local government unit of Tagoloan and the Province of Misamis Oriental, made it possible to reach out to the victims by aiming for at least 400 participants in the said run for a cause.

“Nalipay gyud mi na daghan naa’y heart para sa mga biktima. Wala mi naglisod ug invite sa mga katawhan nga mudagan para kanila. Nag expect lang mi’g gamay na participants kay nay ka –kompetensya pero nasayop kami, daghan jud nangapil (We were happy to know that there are many people who still cared for the victims. We never had any difficulties in inviting runners for the victims. In fact, we expected the least number of participants because of some competition but we are wrong.),” Paulo Emano, chairman of Dagan Para Visayas, said.

Plans for the victims

The group started reaching out to the needy during Christmas season since 2009 in the outskirts of Misamis Oriental.

For this year, they decided to make a difference in handling a big event that could change the lives of the victims.

“More than half a month has passed since the strongest typhoon hit Visayas and for this season of love and happiness, it is now the time to give back and give hope,” Ron Moreno, co-chaiman of Dagan Para Visayas, said.

Relief operations are still an ongoing process in which many people are still experiencing scarcity of food and water.

Construction materials

Yet in the case of H.O.P.E. Organization, they will buy construction materials for rebuilding houses.

“Daghan naman gud gatabang ug hatag ug pagkaon ug tubig. Sa karon, kailangan napud nila magkabalay. Among project will revolve around construction materials for them to rebuild houses and raise communities again. Pareha sa mga lansang, martilyo, chainsaw ug uban pa. (Many organizations extended their help through food and water and as of now, they also need shelter. Our project will revolve around construction materials for them to rebuild houses and raise communities again. We will be buying nails, hammers, chainsaw, etc.),” Raul Ilogon Jr., co-chairman explained.

“We plan to sing Christmas carols in different households to get more funds to fulfill our project for this year.” Moreno said.

‘Dagan Para Visayas’

More than 500 runners participated in the said event. Most of them are from Bukidnon, Tagoloan and Cagayan de Oro City which inspired these young organizers to fulfill their duties as young citizens of this generation.

There were 5K and 3K runners in which only 5K runners received medals and cash prizes for winners for both men and women.

Winners for the men division are Glendon Sandinao (Bukidnon), Bryan Antivo (Macasandig), Arlon Galape (Malaybalay), first to third, respectively.

For the women division, winners are Jennifer Paloma (CDO), Mary Apple Jane Obasa (CDO) and Maritas Vallente (CDO), first to third, respectively.

“As young as we are, we reach out for people who need us most. As young as we are, we lend our hands for the needy. I hope this inspires other young citizens like us to be the hope of this generation. Let us together see the difference we can make to change the Philippines for its betterment,” Stefan Rago, co-chaiman of Dagan Para Visayas, said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 18, 2013.


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