Haribon turns 40 with fun run



Haribon Foundation marks its 40th anniversary with the Million-Hectare Challenge Fun Run 2012, its annual run-for-a-cause event, on Nov. 25 at Liwasang Ullalim grounds of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City.

The fun run with the theme, “Run and Go Native—I Care. I Nature. I Shape the Future,” is aimed at promoting Haribon’s ROAD (Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates) to 2020 Program. It will have simultaneous marathons in 500 m, 3 km, 5 km and 10 km and will gather health enthusiasts and environmental advocates to raise awareness on Philippine forests and our native trees.

“Forest restoration remains our main advocacy because forests can help in restoring the ecological processes in our country,” Haribon Foundation chief operating officer Anabelle E. Plantilla said in a statement. “We need to upgrade our current forest cover from 20 to 54 percent if we want our water and land resources to return to normal, acceptable states. Forests [largely] provide for all our basic needs, like water and food.”

The registration fee is P500 for adults and P350 for children up to 12 years old. There are special rates for Haribon members (P450) and groups of 40 participants and more (P475 per person). Schools may send a minimum of 103 students (P100 per person).

Interested parties may register online at the event’s official website (http://mhc2012.runningmate.ph), and proceed to any Bank of the Philippine Islands or Banco de Oro branch to deposit their registration fee. Upon presentation of a confirmation e-mail from Haribon, they may claim a kit that includes a singlet, race bib, timing chip and Nurture Card at any Toby’s or Merrell store. Group registrants are required to contact Haribon at 434-4696 or 911-6089 to secure their slots. They may also register at RUNNR (The Fort, Trinoma) and Toby’s Stores (SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-la Mall).

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