PRC’s ‘Million Volunteer Run’ set December 4 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2011 16:56

Registration for the Philippine Red Cross’ “Million Volunteer Run” set for December 4 continues and is expected to reach the over a thousand-mark in the city in the days to come.

PRC-Zamboanga Chapter Administrator Vic Liozo Jr. calls on all sectors, different organizations including companies to embrace corporate social responsibility by encouraging employee participation in the advocacy.

He said companies are encouraged to join the Red Cross in making world history.

For Zamboanga City volunteers, registration for the million volunteer run can visit the Zamboanga Red Cross chapter headquarters at Pettit Barracks or call telephone numbers 992-1622 or 926-5808 or email at zamboangacity@redcross.

Registration for each runner is P500 will entitle one with a million volunteer run race kit that includes a Red Cross 143 ID card with disaster preparedness guide, a t-shirt, whistle, race number and a Red Cross membership with accident insurance benefits.

Mayor and PRC governor Celso Lobregat together with Liozo and PRC-Zamboanga board chair Dr. Mila Fernandez  launched the advocacy last November 8 following a meeting with different agencies, organizations, business groups and concerned individuals at the City Hall conference room.

The ‘million volunteer run’ advocacy will be held simultaneously in key cities and provinces in the country on December 4. It is a project that seeks to heighten public awareness to reduce disaster risks and vulnerability of the community in the interest of saving lives.

Mayor Lobregat said the advocacy hopes to muster one million volunteers throughout the Philippines running the 5-kilometer course. The idea, he said, is not only to create awareness on the reduction of disaster risks but also to raise funds to build an army of 1+43 humanitarian soldiers in every barangay of the country who will respond to disasters, donate blood and alleviate human suffering as well as to train and equip the Red Cross 143 volunteers by way of disaster risk prevention.

Liozo said the Zamboanga City run on December 4 will start at 6am at the grandstand in Baliwasan passing through the city streets and will culminate at the Paseo del Mar where a short program will follow. Assembly time is at 5 am.

Half of the proceeds of the Zamboanga run will go to the national PRC while the other half will go to the Zamboanga PRC to fund the awareness campaign and the trainings of the 143 volunteers.  — Sheila Covarrubias