By Susanah Jane L. Lapa
Around 150 registered participants joined a 5K run last Sunday to help rebuild a school in Leyte damaged by typhoon Yolanda.
Organized by the Silliman University Student Government, the “Run for Love: Run for the Yolanda Victims,” aimed to raise at least P10,000 for Masarayao Elementary School.
Aljohn Salvoro, SG Scholarship Committee chair, said instead of donating goods, they will be sending proceeds of the run to the school because “education is a stepping stone to nation building.”
“When we contacted [Masarayao Elemntary School], we found out that they have not yet received any help from the government and other organizations, probably because it’s far from the city . . . They still conduct classes inside tents because their classrooms are damaged,” he said.
He added that if the amount they gather is below P10,000 they will use the money to buy school supplies like black boards instead.
According to Salvoro, the Leyte-Samar Sillimanites helped the SG identify their school beneficiary.
He also said in celebration of the “love month,” the SG wanted to encourage the participants to run with a partner instead of going solo but they do not necessarily have to be “romantically involved.”
“You could run with your father, mother, sibling, cousin or friend, anyone really. You are even allowed to enter with your pet,” Salvoro said.
Individuals who rode skateboards, longboards, bicycles and other nonmotorized transports also joined the simultaneous “Ride for Fun” although they were not technically competing in the contest.
“Couples” who emerged as winners from the race were Erlincito Peonila and Arcel Bohol; Marjon Bechada and Eliezer Gelicame; and Lijeaven Noay and Jason Pandayao who won as champions (P5,000), first runners-up (P3,000) and second runners-up (P2,000) respectively.
This year’s “Run for Love” was a continuation of last year’s “Run for Love: Run for Bagyong Sendong victims,” a project spearheaded by former SG president Marian Vanslembrouck.