ILOILO City, Aug. 19, 2015 – Moved by the love for Holy Mary and inspired by the CBCP’s Year of the Poor, a group of students in Iloilo City organized a fun run on Sept 6, 5 a.m., at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand, to celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday.
The fun run, named “Run for Mary”, was conceptualized by senior students of the Bachelor of Science course in Office Administration of the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) in Molo, Iloilo City, under the guidance of Subject Instructor Prof. Rezlie Lavalle.
According to events chairman Kimberly Paclauna, the student-organized event, with the theme “Respect women, Value the poor”, is “aimed to raise public awareness on the conditions of the poor in Iloilo City and on the effects of poverty, especially on women.”
“Inspired by Pope Francis who came to the Philippines for the poor, we also intend to raise funds and undertake projects, such as feeding programs and the distribution of school supplies to schoolchildren in the poor communities,” she added.
According to the student, they chose the Immaculate Conception Parish in Tanza, Iloilo City as their project beneficiary because it has the Blessed Virgin as patroness and majority of its parishioners are poor.
Explaining the need for such a project, group member Alvin John Sibugan said: “Many women are suffering from discrimination and many others become victims of human trafficking.”
Maria Angelie Rada, one of the group’s co-organizers, observed, “Many mothers nowadays are forced to fill in the fathers’ roles. We need to respect mothers because they have to do many things and sacrifice themselves for their children.”
“Run for Mary is open to everyone, even if they belong to other faiths, as long as they would like to help the cause of women and of the poor,” said Crisanto Veras, the group’s communications officer.
“We are inviting as many persons as possible. Our target is to get 2,000 runners. Those who cannot run can also help by giving financial contributions, food donations (drinks and ready-to-eat snacks), school supplies for children,” Veras stressed.
Each registered runner will receive a free Rosary courtesy of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
Interested parties may contact Kimberly Paclauna (0927-746-6631) or Julie Ann Jetano (0910-064-4282), or visit Run for Mary 2015 www.facebook.com/irunformary. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCPNews)