DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Some 400 individuals from different government offices and private organizations participated in the “Dugo Ko, Gasa Ko” Fun Run held on October 16 here.
The event, organized by the Government Agencies’ Association of Negros Oriental (GAANO) together with private organization Live Again, aimed to raise public awareness on the benefits of blood donation and dengue prevention through fitness activities.
GAANO President Atty. Mercedes Enriquez, who is also the branch manager of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-Dumaguete City, said they are glad that despite the rain, a lot of people joined the fun run.
The event started at 6:00 a.m. with a short program and a warm-up zumba session while the run began at 6:20 a.m.
Those who did not participate in the run joined the zumba session held simultaneously with the fun run.
Organizers of the event also distributed brochures on dengue prevention.
“The project is all about encouraging people to donate blood. The ‘Dugo Ko, Gasa Ko’ has three targets: first, you run; second, you donate blood; third you can learn about dengue,” Enriquez said.
She added that they are highlighting dengue prevention because of high dengue cases in Dumaguete City and Bais City.
She also shared that one of her staff had lost a child due to dengue.
Runners paid a registration fee of P150.
Proceeds of the fun run will be given to the Dugo Ko, Kinabuhi Ko Program Inc., a foundation that helps indigent patients of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) who are in need of blood.
Apart from this, a bloodletting activity was held after the fun run.
“Our main objective is to encourage people to donate blood. All the blood that we accumulate, subject to screening and evaluation, will be given to the Dugo Ko, Kinabuhi Ko of Fr. Antonio Arnaiz of NOPH,” Enriquez said.
Last year, GSIS also organized “Dugo Ko, Gasa Ko” where they collected 75 bags of blood.
This year, they aim to surpass last year’s accomplishment.
Businessman Sydney Lee, who joined the bloodletting activity, shared some of the benefits of blood donation that he experienced.
“Initially we feel scared, but when we donate blood, you feel better and you become healthier,” he said.
“In my condition where exercise is limited ,my lifestyle is not so active. I am sedentary. In a way, I think now I can attribute my good health to regular blood donation,” he said.
Lee disclosed that his cholesterol is at normal level, which he attributes to donating blood regularly.
Lee brought with him 10 other friends who also signed up for blood donation at the event.
He also organized the event for conducting the fun run activity.
“This program is a (way to) encourage people and a kind of awareness. Blood is something that we cannot order immediately, you need to look for it,” he added. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Oct. 17, 2016)