To honor “ordinary heroes who will help change Cebu and our country by running,” Gawad Kalinga (GK) Cebu is holding a run entitled “Takbo ng mga Bayani” on November 25, 2012 at Parkmall, Mandaue City. All proceeds shall go to the general fund of GK Cebu used for housing, health, educational, and other programs.
The registration fees for the GK run, which include singlets, are as follows: Php300 for 3k, Php400 for 6k, Php500 for 12k, and Php600 for 21k categories. All 21k finishers will be receiving medals. Registration forms are available at Runnr Ayala Center Cebu and Toby’s SM Cebu. You may also download and print registration forms through tinyurl.com/gkrun2012 and bring them to the aforementioned registration centers.
The gun start time for the 21k category is at 4:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come earlier for the warm-up exercises.
The event has the following rules and regulations:
Registration for participants below 18 years old must be signed by parents or guardians.
- Race bibs must be worn at all times during the event.
- All result-related protests must be in writing and submitted to the race organizer or director within 30 minutes upon official announcement of winners. All protests must be filed together with the payment of a protest fee of Php500.
- The race organizer’s decision is final.
- Since this is a fundraising event, there will be no refund of race registration fees in case of cancellation of event due to bad weather and other fortuitous events, or failure of the participant to attend the event.
Here is the route map of the event:
Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation is a poverty alleviation and nation-building movement in the Philippines. It was initiated by Antonio “Tony” Meloto in 1995. It started out as a program of the lay Catholic community Couples for Christ (CFC) through its Youth for Christ (YFC) branch. Gawad Kalinga means to give care or to award care.
Aiming to end poverty for five million poor families by the year 2024, GK built its first house in 1999. Its mission comprises of providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless and food for the hungry. It envisions “a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism;” and “a nation made up of caring and sharing communities dedicated to eradicate poverty and restore human dignity.”
GK prides on its holistic community development approach against poverty. According to Meloto, “poverty is not a lack of resources but a lack of caring and sharing.” It works on restoring the dignity of the poor by involving the different sectors of society through public and private collaboration. It believes in the spirit of bayanihan (teamwork) and becoming heroes to one another.
Through the movement’s Community Infrastructure Program (CIP), the poorest of the poor receive brightly painted homes in sustainable communities. These homes and other communal facilities like multiple purpose centers, school buildings, clinics, and others are built by skilled paid laborers, as well as GK residents and volunteers.
GK wants everyone to know that their thrusts do not only involve housing projects. Its Child and Youth Development (CYD) program aims to develop the skills and enhance the talents of the youth in the GK communities. Through Sibol (to grow) pre-school children aged 3 to 6 years old are provided with values-based education. With Sagip (to save a life), children aged 7 to 13 years old receive free academic tutorials, creative workshops, and values formation classes. Children and teens also learn to become productive citizens through sports, creative activities and mentoring sessions with the help of the program called Siga (to light).
GK’s Community Building program aspires to empower poor communities to become self-sufficient. They help people become dependable leaders and teach residents to care for their own communities, as well as to help other poor communities. Through the Center for Social Innovation (CSI), people are exposed to the culture of social entrepreneurship.
GK’s food sufficiency program called Bayan-Anihan empowers people to eradicate hunger by teaching families to produce their own food. On the other hand, the GK Kalusugan is a health program that makes sure that community health care services are given to those who need them the most. GK believes that every Filipino has the right to good health. The program has a vast network of volunteer doctors, nurses, and dentists to help address different health needs.
Green Kalinga is an environment program that aims to create green model communities. They provide environment- friendly projects and seminars with the help of advocacy groups and government agencies.
Be a hero and run for GK Cebu. For more information, you may call (032) 266-1288. You may also e-mail them at [email protected] or check out the event at www.facebook.com/gkceburun2012
B) SM City Cebu
C) Ayala Center Cebu