5k run brings smiles to runners
AFTER more than 10,000 running enthusiasts from all ages showed up, organizers and advocates for children with disabilities can definitely say they really had fun.
This is what actress, television host and UNICEF celebrity advocate Anne Curtis said after she joined and hosted the Color Run Dream Machine Tour at the SM Mall of Asia grounds last Sunday morning.
“The theme was really about having fun. It was open for people of all ages. There were moms, there were dads, at may nakita pa akong mga lola kanina,” said Curtis at the end of the run and the concert that followed.
The run was dubbed as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet,” an untimed event that brought in runners, who were doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.
The run was presented by Dream Machine and organized by RunRio, for the benefit of the United Nations Childrens’ Fund, specifically for children with disabilities.
The event, which brought smiles to all participants, is said to be the largest fun run series in the world and has brought joy to over six million runners worldwide in more than 35 countries.
UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander said the program plans to benefit more than a thousand children.
“Money raised will go help set up centers all over the country where parents can bring their children to be diagnosed for treatment,” explained Sylwander.
The centers will not only be for the treatment of children, but will be also for therapies—a healing place where they can provide prosthesis, hearing aids or glasses to those who need them.
The run was held with the support of SM Mall of Asia, Cherry Mobile, Enervon, Jollibee, PMX and Swatch.