Last 04 December 2011, we celebrated the International Year of Volunteers by holding the first Million Volunteer Run. The run was staged simultaneously in 78 cities of the Philippines with a total of over 400,000 participating runners. With the incredible impact it has created in the recruitment of volunteers for the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), we have now declared it an annual event.
The number of natural disasters in the Philippines surged 50% last year, making the Philippines the world's most disaster-hit country in 2011. The two most destructive tropical cyclones in 2011 were tropical storms Sendong and Pedring. According to the Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC), at least 15.3 million people were displaced, causing agriculture and infrastructure damages of Php 26 billion. The formula to alleviate human suffering in this horrifying buffet of disasters is the mobilization of millions of Red Cross volunteers supported by logistics and robust technological capabilities. Thus, the PRC has organized the Red Cross 143 wherein 44 volunteers (1 leader and 43 members) in every community are trained to reduce the risks of disasters, enabling them to respond accordingly to any catastrophic event that will strike the Philippines.
We know that you share our vision of providing timely and efficient humanitarian services to the most vulnerable. We want to have Red Cross first aiders, blood donors, and health and welfare volunteers in every home, school, workplace, and community in every corner of the Philippines. Attached herewith for your reference is the MVR presentation. By becoming our partner in this project, you empower our nation's most vulnerable against the debilitating effects of disasters.
Three easy ways to register:
Registration Fees :
- PhP 100.00 for students
- PhP 200.00 for non-students
- PhP 500.00 for business executives
The Philippines will make an international declaration that we are humanitarians. Join us in stopping the cycle of devastation. On Feb 10, we will be running to create a culture of volunteerism in the Philippines that will define the Filipino nation before the whole world.
Source: Philippine Red Cross