Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10 run for pasig - success!

hundreds of thousands of runners, celebrities,  contingents from schools, religious groups, the police and military, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), business sector, and private institutions and fun-run-loving families joined hands (feet?) in “10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River.” the event (organized by the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig ) is touted as the largest footrace in the country (the run’s 3 starting points in SM Mall of Asia (MOA)--for 3k, CCP Complex--for 5k, and Ayala Avenue in Makati--for 10k). chief executive officer of ABS CBN Eugenio Lopez III showed his usual deep commitment to the Pasig River cause by joining the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the ceremonial 21k run (which kicked off from Marikina City). the fun run aimed to create awareness and raise funds for the massive Pasig River clean-up campaign. it eyed (too) the Guinness World Record for most participants in a footrace. the record of most runners has been held by San Francisco’s 1988 “Bay to Breakers” race til now...yes yes yes!!! it did (break the record)!!! with a more than 150,000 registered participants (more or less the same number for 'starters')--- 116, 086 made it to the 'finish'!

sharing the same hope and knowing that we can contribute in our own little ways, I and some old and new friends have decided to volunteer (answering friend benjo sandoval's call) to help steer the event as it starts. armed with enthusiasm, willingness to sacrifice hours of sleep et.cet, we were assigned to the information booth (we were so excited we arrived so early- at half-past midnight) and did the best we could given the eleventh hour orientation. concerns and worries from participants cropped up but we were able to somehow pull it through. my warmest thank you to paul (of abs cbn foundation) and my workmates marlyn and ian (from padilla cogeo), teng (from tandang sora), fritzie (from caloocan), connie (from balicbalic), irene (from paco), ernan (from bulacan) and emgy (from fairview) for the tiring yet worthwhile series of moments then.

here's the official story -->


Faith said...

congratulations for your volunteer efforts for the Run for Pasig. You only did not run but actually made more contributions inspite of the rush, rush call for volunteers. hope you volunteer again in the future for Lopez Group Foundation's activities. THANK YOU!

Benjo said...

Would just like to thank you again for the help you extended to make the event successful. If only more people are open to the idea of volunteerism then we can make more things happen. Thanks! Thanks! :)

sakura said...

Thank you too, for the opportunity. There is (still) hope for our country, for the world. Aja!