Ro­tary Club of Cebu holds run, triathlon for kids with CHD

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By Glendale G. Rosal RE­PORTER

THE Ro­tary Club of Cebu will hold its first char­i­ta­ble run dubbed as the Run For Gift of Life on May 7 at the Robin­son’s Gal­le­ria Cebu.

Led by Ro­tary Club of Cebu’s out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Bernard Von Sia, the race aims to raise funds for chil­dren and in­fants suf­fer­ing from con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease (CHD). It is held in part­ner­ship with the Let It Echo Foun­da­tion.

Aside from the run­ning event, the Ro­tary Club of Cebu is also or­ga­niz­ing its first triathlon dubbed as the first Ro­tary Cor­po­rate Triathlon on June 11 at the Mac­tan New­town in Lapu-lapu City which also aims to raise funds for CHD pa­tients.

“The run and triathlon races will be used to strengthen our no­ble cause of help­ing chil­dren with CHD,” said Sia dur­ing yes­ter­day’s press brief­ing at Casino Es­pañol where he was joined by Ro­tary Club of Cebu of­fi­cers and the run co-pre­sen­ter, Cin­trine Land.

The non-com­pet­i­tive run will have three dis­tances, the 3k, 8k and 16k with Joel Juarez of Coco Run­ning as race di­rec­tor.

The Ro­tary Club of Cebu has al­ready helped around 40 chil­dren un­dergo heart surgery for the past decade through its “Gift of Life” pro­gram.

The run and triathlon races hope to spon­sor around 14 chil­dren.

No less than Cebuana Olympian Mary Joy Ta­bal is pro­mot­ing the race since she has also part­nered with the club last Jan­uary where 400 new chairs were do­nated to the Guba El­e­men­tary School.

“I will not be here dur­ing the run but I will be sup­port­ing it by pro­mot­ing it to my fel­low run­ners be­cause Ro­tary Club of Cebu has also helped me in my char­i­ta­ble projects be­fore,” said Ta­bal who will leave for Tus­cany, Italy to­day to pre­pare for the South­east Asian Games (SEAG) this Au­gust in Malaysia.

Around 2,000 run­ners are ex­pected to join the Ro­tary run where win­ners will re­ceive tro­phies while fin­ish­ers will get fin­ish­ers medals.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the race and how to donate to Ro­tary Club of Cebu's Gift of Life Pro­gram, visit­

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