Zambo ‘Million Volunteer Run’ nets almost P400k PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 December 2011 17:21

Despite rain showers, thousands of people, mostly from the academe sector, ran the 5-kilometer stretch from the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan to Paseo del  Mar as a show of support to the Red Cross humanitarian efforts.

Dubbed ‘Million Volunteer Run’, the event, organized by the Zamboanga Red Cross and the city government of Zamboanga, was simultaneous in key cities in the country. It was intended to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction and to raise funds to train 143 volunteers in the country.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, event chair together  with Red Cross Administrator Vic Liozo and Board of Directors headed by Dr. Mila Fernandez and other Red Cross officials spearheaded the activity and joined other Red Cross chapters all over the country in making world history.

Initially, Liozo said, the activity netted a total of P353,000 but more contributions are coming in today based on pledges made by various groups and individuals.
The Million Volunteer Run culminated with a program at the Paseo del Mar and this was highlighted by the awarding of certificates to biggest contributors and the winners in the Search for Mr. and Ms. Million Volunteer Run.

Awarded biggest contributor in the group/company category was the Universal Fishing Corporation with a contribution of P20,000; biggest contributor individual category was Mayor Lobregat with a contribution of P10,000 and biggest contributor school category was the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) with a contribution of P74,000.

The ZSCMST however, has more pledges and is expected to turn over the additional contribution today.

Mayor Lobregat, who is a member of the PRC Board of Governors, and Liozo thanked the participants and contributors who showed solidarity and unity to the Red Cross movement.

Mayor Lobregat said the funds collected will go a long way in the awareness program and in the training of more 143 volunteers in the city and the entire country. — Sheila Covarrubias