|Value Charity, Make a Change |
Charity run brings hope for VCMC patientsBy: Ken Michael Jon Taarup
CEBU CITY – Marathon aficionados can run to support charity programs dedicated to VCMC patients.
As the trend of marathons skyrockets over the past years, the Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC) wants the Queen City of the South to know that there is a charity run on the docket – VCMC (Value Charity and Make a Change) Run.
For the first time, runners are invited to dedicate their healthy feat to support the charity patients of VCMC, an institution under the tutelage of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). The VCMC Run will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Parkmall, Mandaue City.
The Visayas Community Medical Center’s Association of Residents and PGIs, the official fundraising board, has joined hands with the Junior of Chamber International (JCI) – Mandaue and Womandaue to further the cause of providing medical and financial help to patients in the infirmary.
“Whether you’re running in honor of a loved one, to celebrate your own personal health or another reason, we can join forces for a great cause,” said Jude Bajarias, Internal Medicine Resident Physician and one of the event organizers. “By running together, we can make a great contribution to advancing medicine in the area of our patients’ health.”
Registration will start in August and the fees per category are Php 250 for 3k and 6k, Php 300 for 12k and Php 500 for 21k. This will include a singlet and race kit and less than a hundred bucks from the original price should participants opt for the race bib only. Furthermore, successful 21k participants will be given a finisher’s medal. This, by far, is the cheapest registration rate in Cebu marathon history. Registration centers are in VCMC (Osmeña Blvd), Ice Castle (Rain Tree Mall and SM), Parkmall and Runnr Ayala. Attendees of the event are encouraged to bring the whole family. Sponsors and donations of any amount are also available.
Resident and PGI members and organizers are very optimistic about the upcoming marathon. The support, motivation and camaraderie of the group throughout the program and on race will prove to be most invaluable.
Join this year’s VCMC Run and be part of a humanitarian revolution in providing patients with limited resources the financial and medical assistance they need. For them, this will yet be another glorious light at the end of the tunnel.
For more information on runner benefits and details, contact Dr. K Eribal at 09228259587.