Thursday, August 05, 2021

Cebu Pink Paddlers holds virtual run to help breast cancer survivors

THE Cebu Pink Paddlers Dragon Boat Team invites the running community to support its upcoming event dubbed Cebu Pink 50K Virtual Ultramarathon for the benefit of breast cancer survivors and to raise funds for the 2022 IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival in New Zealand.

Mostly composed of breast cancer survivors, the members of Cebu Pink Paddlers Dragon Boat Team want to widen the awareness drive on breast cancer through relevant healthy activities like running and dragon boat racing.

The 50-kilometer virtual run will be held from March 15 to 31, 2021. The participants can complete the distance on a cumulative time within the given dates.

Organizers are expecting 500 participants for this virtual run.

Registration fee is at P1,200 inclusive of finishers’ jersey, tube mask and a four-inch medal made of brass.

Parts of the proceeds will be used for the team’s budget in the renowned IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival in 2022.

The IPCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every three to four years under the International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission. The festival is an international non-competitive participatory event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in dragonboat activities as post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation.

“(We are) hoping that we can go there as a whole team. That is why as early as now we are gathering funds,” said technical race director Christian Ian Sy.

Sy, who’s also the head coach of the Pink Paddlers Dragon Boat Team, added that the virtual race is also for the benefit of breast cancer survivors as the team plans to use part of the proceeds to conduct another free mammogram test.

“We want to educate people, inspire and touch lives. By the stories of our Cebu Pink Paddlers, we have changed perspective in life,” he ended.

For more information, interested participants can contact race managers Lulu Valiente (0922-804-7283), Brenda Purtugalisa (0945-657-4918), Sy (0932-318-8375) or email at (RSC)


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