Smile Train to com­pete in Ironman

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By JOEY VIL­LAR

Smile Train, the world’s lead­ing cleft char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion, will field in a group of run­ners from var­i­ous sec­tors headed by for­mer beauty queen and ac­tress Car­lene Aguilar in the Ironman in Su­bic Bay on June 3.

The group aims to gen­er­ate funds for poor Filipino chil­dren with un­treated clefts.

“I’m not just do­ing what I love, which is sports, I also get the chance to give kids hope and it’s my way of giv­ing back,” said Aguilar in yes­ter­day’s press brief­ing at the Max­imus Ath­lete’s Shop Café in Man­daluy­ong.

It will be the third time Aguilar, who took up marathon two years ago be­fore shift­ing to duathlon, triathlon and even­tu­ally Ironman, is com­pet­ing in the Ironman to help raise funds for the op­er­a­tion of 100 chil­dren.

Plas­tic sur­geon Gene Tiongco has also vol­un­teered not just to do op­er­a­tion for free but also to join the races and help in the fund drive.

“I’ve been do­ing these for years as a vol­un­teer and I’ve de­cided to join the race my­self be­cause run­ning is re­ally my pas­sion,” said Tiongco.

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