EXPLORING the whole island region of Mindanao through wheels with the aim to extend helping hands to cancer patients -- this is what motivated Yamaha Motorhub in launching their first Mindanao leg biking through its Yamaha Tour de Rev.
“We are very proud to have this initiative from the Yamaha Philippines to have our first Mindanao leg here in partnership with Yamaha Big Bikes Davao Motorhub Corporation,” Yamaha Motor Philippines marketing senior manager Ryan Jude Camus said during the culminating night of the Tour de Rev 2018 Mindanao leg on Sunday, July 29 at the Yamaha Motor hub, Ulas, Davao City.
The Mindanao leg is a three-day motorbike ride covering 1,200 kilometers throughout Mindanao passing through Davao region, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga region. The ride started from July 27 to 29, 2018.
“We are very happy to have this event and be able to show what Yamaha is capable of. With the quality of the motorbikes we have, we are very grateful in giving back to our community,” Camus said.
Camus also added the event is for the benefit of the cancer patients of House of Hope Foundation for Kids with Cancer Inc at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
Since 2007, the House of Hope has given care and shelter for the children and their parents. It was built under the House of Hope Foundation, which started as Davao Children with Cancer Fund Inc. (DCCFI), a non-stock, non-profit charity organization for children with cancer. Founded in 2004, the DCCFI became the House of Hope Foundation in 2015.
Through Lingap para sa Mahirap of the City Government health support and the House of Hope foundation, patients get free medicines from the Department of Health (DOH). If there is a need to buy medicines that cannot be provided for by Lingap or DOH, House of Hope foundation provides assistance.
Also The House of Hope Foundation, through the Kids of Hope Program, provides support programs by establishing transient homes for children with cancer.
There are also satellite facilities in other areas of Mindanao to provide referrals, diagnoses, and treatment for patients.
“Hopefully in this way we can support kids who are cancer-stricken. At least in this way we can be able to reach out,” Rev Zone Motorhub Davao Manager Benjie Magdayo said.
Magdayo also added the support of the riders for the motorbike is greatly needed for the upcoming Mission Bike of Yamaha on August 11, 2018. He said the support of the riders will greatly shape the success of future projects of Yamaha.
“We are also coming up with a once-a-month motor ride for the big bike. We are coming up with programs for NMAX and SMAX motorcycles because we saw the number of the riders of these bikes growing in the city,” Magdayo said.