Walk for humanity 2014, the biggest in 11 years PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:53

Over 10,000 people representing all sectors turned up early morning Sunday to participate in the Walk for Humanity 2014, making it the biggest ever organized by the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga chapter in 11 years.

The participants represented the Armed Forces of the Philippines specifically the Western Mindanao Command and the Philippine Navy; the Philippine National Police, Philippine Air Force, Department of Education (students coming from different public schools in the barangays including Manalipa), Boy Scouts and Gir Scourts, Civic Clubs such as Rotary, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, religious organizations, non-government organizations and numerous others.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Walk for Humanity Chairman thanked the participants for showing compassion and concern for humanity by joining the event despite the early morning schedule.

The walk was in celebration of International Humanitarian Law set August 12. However, the Zamboanga activity was done Sunday, Aug. 10.  It is celebrated to promote IHL, as even in non-conflict areas, there are laws for the protection of the rights of the children and the civilians.

Orendain said out of the 130 PRC chapters in the country, the Zamboanga Chapter was the first to introduce the Walk for Humanity campaign 11 years ago and is now replicated in many other chapters in the country.

Aside from the biggest participation, last Sunday’s Walk for Humanity also recorded the biggest fund-raising campaign at P140,870 which will be used for IHL advocacies.

ZSCMST was the biggest contributor at P30,000.

PRC Governor and District I Cong. Celso Lobregat joined the activity which had Wesmincom Chief LGen. Rustico Guerrero as guest of honor. Lobregat also shared a sizeable amount for the funding raising activity. — Sheila Covarrubias