By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Government Agencies’ Association of Negros Oriental (GAANO) in partnership with private organization Live Again will spearhead a blood letting and anti-dengue awareness campaign dubbed “Dugo Ko, Gasa Ko Fun Run” on October 16 in the morning at Freedom Park, Dumaguete City.
With the increased number of dengue cases in the province including six deaths as of August this year, the event will not only inspire people to donate blood but also create awareness on dengue prevention, said GAANO president Atty. Mercedes Enriquez, GSIS Dumaguete Branch manager.
The Fun Run will also to raise funds to be donated for the dengue victims through the chaplain of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) Rev. Fr. Antonio Arnaiz.
Enriquez enjoined the national government member-agencies of GAANO to participate in the event and look for blood donors as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The 5K Fun Run is open to all interested runners for a registration fee of P150.
However, there will be no onsite registration, thus, a pre-registration is required before October 16 at the respective member-offices of GAANO (GSIS, DEPED, CSC, SSS, PAG-IBIG, PIA, DPWH, DENR, DAR, PHILHEALTH, LBP among others) and at Blue Monkey Resto Bar for the Live Again.
On the day of the event, at 5:00 am, bibs will be released to runners while a video presentation on dengue prevention is on-going.
At 6:00 am, the gun start for the 5K run along with the recoreda for anti-dengue campaign.
However, for those who would not like to join the run, a zumba dance will be organized while waiting for the runners to come back or finish. Zumba participants are also expected to pay the registration of P150 for donations.
At 8:00 am, the blood letting will start right after the awarding ceremony for the winners of the run.
The Live Again group headed by Adoni Goñi of Bais City, who was twice a dengue victim, collaborated with GAANO for ‘blood with a cause’ campaign to help poor dengue victims to fund the blood screening through Fr. Arnaiz’s Foundation “Dugo Ko Kinabuhi Ko Program”.
The “Dugo Ko, Gasa Ko Fun Run” is also in cooperation with Dumaguete Division Federated-Parents-Teachers Association chaired by Risty Villahermosa of GSIS, Dumaguete Sports Office, and Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP). (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Sept. 26, 2016)