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Davaoeños to run for environment, raise funds for youth program
DAVAO City, April 25, 2012—Thousands of Davaoeños are expected to join a fun run aimed at saving the environment and raising funds to help finance formation program for the youth.
Called DAYCA Servathon 2-2012 Trees for 2012 Runners, the event is organized by the PREP organization (the Pray, Read, Eat, Play) founded by Mr. Cenen Milan, campus minister of Ateneo de Davao University.
PREP organization helps other youth organizations in need through its formation program by simply playing, reading, eating (feeding) and praying.
“The run aims to proactively involve at least 2012 participants from the community in responding to the call of saving our mother earth through a service—marathon and tree planting activity,” said Milan.
With the goal of planting 20, 120 trees for the whole year of 2012, the advocacy run for the environment is slated on April 28 at Roxas Avenue in Davao City.
Co- organizers of the event are the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), Campus Ministry Office, Daily Bread Program, Philippine Catholic Lay Mission (PCLM), Davao Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA) and the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).
“Young people from the Davao Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA) will be part of the said advocacy. Aside from being one of the beneficiaries, the youth will be the race marshalls, from the logistic preparation to the water station, aid station, recruitment for runners and motivators,” Milan also said.
He said they did not hire any race organizer for the activity because working together as a community is enough.
Beneficiaries for the said advocacy are the Davao Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Apostolate (DAYCA), which is celebrating its 25th year anniversary this year, the Philippine Catholic Lay Mission (PCLM) which celebrated its 30th year anniversary, and the Daily Bread Program, whose members are college students who are working scholars in the college department of Ateneo de Davao University that are being given free meal everyday and to support them also in their feeding and formation program.
When asked why the organizers thought of doing such an advocacy, Milan said a fun run activity is a good way of raising funds.
“As a marathoner and a runner, I had experiences where I was able to gather some school supplies for children who are in need of it. Like last December 2011, I ran for the week of Peace and last January for the Bataan Death March Race. I was able to gather at least 500 notebooks from San Miguel Foundation, 1000 pencils, 5000 chalks and I gave it to poor elementary school around Davao,” Milan shared.
He furthered that running is his passion and through the activity, he helps transform people’s lives by teaching their minds and touching their hearts.
His goal for this year, according to Milan, is to organize more advocacy runs for other people with an outreach component so they can give back to those in need.
DAYCA Servathon 2-2012 Trees for 2012 Runners is the 3rd advocacy run that the marathoner has initiated for the Ateneo de Davao University and the community of Davao.
There will be three categories for the said fun run activity which will start at 5 a.m., 5:15 a.m., and 5:30 a.m. respectively.
Each runner has to pay a registration fee of Php 350.00 that include race bib, race shirt, certificate, light snack and earth day souvenir.
Registration area will be in the Campus Ministry Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Milan may be contacted for inquiries at the Campus Ministry Office or through his mobile number 09062281428, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Jeda Alison Mendezabal/Jandel Posion)