Registration for the forthcoming edition of the “Ayala Goes Healthy Pa More” Fun Run to be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the ARCA South Open Grounds in Taguig City has been extended until the last week of March.
The Ayala Coop, which is organizing the event in partnership with the Ayala Group’s Employee Relations Network – the second such edition of the event after its highly successful initial run in May 2015 – said that the activity is expected to draw to the former Food Terminal Inc. grounds more than a thousand participants from the ranks of Ayala Group employees and members of their families, military personnel as well as students. The event is being staged to benefit the HERO Foundation and scholars of the Affordable Private Education Center or APEC, where the Coop currently has 20 scholars.
Registration for the five-category event started last March 2 and will continue until the deadline extended until the last week of March two weeks before the run, which seeks to highlight the Ayala Group as one family that celebrates health and wellness among its people.
The run will be held in five categories: five kilometers for seasoned runners, three kilometers or the LODI Run for military personnel, 1.5 kilometers or the Family/Barkada Run for families or groups of three up to five individuals, one kilometer or the Bulilit Run for kids aged seven to 12 years old, and one kilometer for the special PET-Malu Run set for participants and their pets.
Registration fee has been pegged at P800 for the seasoned runners and the LODI Run, P500 for the Bulilit Run, and P600 per individual in the Family/Barkada Run as well as the PET-Malu Run. Registration fees are inclusive of singlet and race bib number.
Proceeds of the run will be donated to the HERO Foundation and APEC scholars. The HERO Foundation is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization that was organized by the late President Corazon Aquino in 1988 with then-Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Renato de Villa, who called on the business community to respond to the growing needs of the families left behind by fallen military personnel who died on duty.
HERO stands for “Help, Educate, and Rear Orphans.” Since then, the foundation has been providing educational stipends to military orphans. The financial support helps keep them in school as it covers much-needed requirements such as school supplies, transportation, meals and even a portion of their tuition fee.
The Ayala Coop, on the other hand, has been involved in the APEC advocacy since 2015, when it launched a search for 20 children of Ayala Group employees-cum-Coop members that deserved a good high-school education and qualified for APEC scholarship. The APEC is a joint venture between Ayala Corporation and United Kingdom-based Pearson through its Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.
Ayala Coop General Manager Dina Orosa urged Ayala employees and their families to throw their full support to the “Ayala Goes Healthy Pa More” Fun Run as it aims to achieve a dual purpose.
“Not only are we going to promote awareness of a healthy lifestyle among our employees, but we will also be helping two good causes – the education of the children of our fallen soldiers as well as that of deserving young children who need a good high-school education,” Ms. Orosa said.
The April 14 event will start with the firing of the starting gun for the first run at 6:00 a.m. Besides the runs to be held, a list of activities has also been lined up, including the group exercises to be led by trainers from Gold’s Gym, a silent drill to be performed by Philippine National Police Academy students, massage sessions for participants, and use of camp facilities to be set up at the venue.