PARM-MOVE set to hold fun run in Abuyog, Leyte
TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) is set to conduct the first PARM-M.O.V.E. fun run in Abuyog on September 21, 2013, according to Abuyog Mayor Octavio Traya.
After the successful PARM-M.O.V.E. RUN Pilipinas 2013 in Tacloban City last July, in celebration of the 35th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, the organizers will bring the event to the local government units in the region.
According to Dr. Raymund Balverde, over-all chairman of PARM Visayas, the event is an advocacy to encourage the community to exercise and promote fitness to persons with disabilities (PWDs) at the same time.
The proceeds will be used for the educational assistance for children with special needs enrolled at the Gabaldon Central School in Abuyog.
The first-ever PARM MOVE (Making Ourselves Vigilant to Exercise) in Abuyog will have 5-Kilometer, 3- kilometer and 1-kilometer for pre-schoolers, senior citizens and children with special needs.
The registration fees are P300 for the 5k and P250 for the 3k and 1k with race bib and tee shirt for all the race categories.
Traya added that the local government unit of Abuyog and the Department of Education organized the event. PARM M.O.V.E. Tacloban will provide technical assistance. The organizers are inviting more entities to sponsor the event so that the PWDs need not pay their registration fees.
The idea of the run is to have able runners running alongside with the differently-abled persons or children or helping them out during the run according to Balverde. “We plan to introduce the run to other local government units in Eastern Visayas so they can also raise funds for their PWDs,” Balverde added.
The PARM-MOVE group is a national organization formed six years ago, extends their endeavor for the welfare of all PWDs nationwide thru this activity. It held annual fund raising run in the cities of Quezon, Davao, Iloilo and Cebu and first for Tacloban this year which attracted nearly 3,000 runners.
One of the projects of the organization is PARM Mobility Clinic won the Philippine Medical Association Award as Outstanding Project of a Specialty Society 2012.
The registration forms are available at the office of the municipal Social Welfare and Development office, office of Sangguniang Bayan Member Lemuel Gin Traya and Jonathan Budlong of Gabaldon Central School.
Only the municipal accountant Michelle Lesiguez is allowed to receive registration payment. The PARM-M.O.V.E. Abuyog team will accept registration at Robinsons Place Tacloban City on September 8, 2013. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)
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