Fun run to celebrate ‘Yolanda’ survivors’ resiliency

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MANILA, Nov. 7, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (NASSA), along with Caritas Philippines, is scheduled to hold a “Commemorative Fun Run” on Nov. 15, Saturday, 4:00 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, for the anniversary of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

“As we commemorate its anniversary, CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines would like to celebrate that resilient spirit so intrinsic to Filipinos,” says Cáceres Archbishop Rolando Tría Tirona in a circular.

Dubbed Rising Above Yolanda: Celebrating the Resilient Filipino Spirit”, the activity themed “We stood the storm … We rebuild lives strong”, is just one of many lined up to pay tribute to the thousands who died and the thousands more who survived the calamity in Nov. 8, 2013.

The prelate, who is also the national director of CBCP-NASSA, describes the experience [of Yolanda] as “so tragic” and the conditions “so dire” that it will take years for the affected communities to recover.

“But thanks to the grace of our ever-living God, the figures were quickly reversed. Hundreds of individuals and organizations came to offer and provide immediate assistance,” he shares.

According to him, thousands of relief goods, shelter materials, hygiene kits, and livelihood packages were distributed, and millions from around the world gave little things they had for the survivors.

“So after a year of total chaos, the Filipino spirit has steadfastly risen above the disaster that was Yolanda,” Tirona notes.

“A year ago, we have responded to a call for compassion and mercy. This year, we are called to respond to a celebration of resiliency, strength of character, and thanksgiving,” the prelate adds.

Quoting 1 Timothy1:12, Tirona declares, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.”

Fees are PhP 250 for the 3-kilometer run and 5-kilometer run inclusive of bib singlet, and PhP 600 for 10-kilometer run inclusive of bib singlet, RFID, and tech-shirt.

Holy Mass will be celebrated to mark the end of the fun run.

For further information, interested parties may contact (+639) 49-4147-177, (+639) 17-3140-220, (02) 527-41-63, or visit www.caritasphilippines.org. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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