Run For Sight holds charity race for Bohol-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
DESPITE a limited time to prepare, the Run for Sugbohol by GMA and Run for Sight (RFS) is expected to draw over 1,000 runners this Oct. 27 at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital Gym along Osmeña Blvd.
Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III said that this is their fifth charity run and despite the limited time, they hope to draw a lot of runners. The proceeds will go directly to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, which will use them for the relief efforts for the earthquake victims in Bohol.
“I wanted to go to Bohol after what happened and we actually have a team there from the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital but I was told to do what I am a good at, organizing a run to raise funds to help our brothers and sisters in Bohol,” Larrazabal said during a press conference yesterday.
Larrazabal was joined by his, wife, Donna Cruz-Larrazabal, RFS’ Arnold Choachoy, CCCI president Lito Maderazo, CCCI VP for membership Melanie Ng, and technical director Joel Juarez.
Even before the run, Larrazabal said they have raised P200,000 from Dr. Raymond Evangelista of the Quezon City Eye Center and CDU president Potenciano V. Larrazabal, Jr.
The run features the men’s and women’s 3K, 5K and 10K divisions and it will start at the CDU Hospital along Osmeña boulevard.
The run is one of the programs that the Cebu Chamber of Commerce Inc. (CCCI) is supporting under the Bangon Sugbohol Movement.
“This is an opportunity for the Cebuanos to showcase how unified we are in times of adversity and even if we come from different sectors of our society,” said CCCI president Lito Maderazo.
Ng also said they will encourage all CCCI members, various civic and business organizations, to join and encourage their employees to take part.
“Although we also experienced it here in Cebu and we have some damage, I felt bad because of what happened in Bohol. They are the ones who are greatly affected compared to Cebu,” said Larrazabal.
Maderazo said they will also support the affected sectors in Cebu and will help in the rehabilitation of the Cebu City Medical Center and the patients who were displaced.
The top 10 5K and 10K runners will receive Island Souvenir Bangon Sugbohol T-shirts and certificates.
“We will not give a cash prize since all proceeds will be given to our brothers and sisters in Bohol and Cebu,” said Larrazabal.
The registration fee is P300 for the 3K and 5K and 400 for the 10K category.
Participants will get a free-sized “I ran my part” souvenir T-shirt and free St. James Day pass.
Runners may sign up at at Run for Sight Headquarters at CDUH.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.