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Timex Run Accepting Donations for “Ondoy” Victims

I am posting this in behalf of Coach Rio.

Dearest Friends,

Marikina City has been my home for most of my life and it fills me with great sadness to witness and experience first-hand, the tragic events that occurred over the past weekend. In one sweep, many lost their homes and the lives they’ve always known. Some have to deal with the painful loss of friends and loved ones in the midst of the tragedy that struck our beloved city.

Now, more than ever, I’ve realized how fleeting and fragile life can be. And despite both of my cars needing major repairs and the first floor of our house looking like a huge mess due to the flood waters that ravaged our subdivision, I am still better off than most of people in our neighborhood.

As I stood on top of a rock outside our house surrounded by a raging stream of flood water, seeing the far worse conditions experienced by my neighbors, I remember telling myself that it doesn’t matter anymore if Typhoon Ondoy takes away my Speed Racer and Bumble Bee and suck them completely under water. Losing my precious cars is nothing compared to the suffering that other people went through, some of which I painfully saw with my own eyes. It was truly heart-breaking and I can’t help but be thankful that I am still one of the luckier ones.

In line with the surge of relief operations from kind-hearted and selfless souls all over the Metro, the 2009 Timex Run will be accepting donations in cash and in kind, to aid our displaced brothers and sisters in Marikina City during their time of need. To start the ball rolling, the 2009 Timex Run has decided to allot a portion of the event’s proceeds to the affected Marikina residents.

I am also donating 40 sacks of rice and about 700 singlets to several barangays within Marikina City, but more help is needed to reach as many victims as possible. Items such as ready-to-eat food, rice, noodles, canned goods, potable water, clothes, blankets, beddings, towels, medicine and other basic necessities will go a long way to help our fellow Filipinos get back on their feet.

Volunteers are also more than welcome to offer their time and energy to help pack relief goods and distribute them to the different barangay halls and evacuation centers in Marikina.

All 2009 Timex Run registration sites will be accepting your generous donations. I am also opening my home at 46 D. Macapagal St. Vista Valley Subdivision, Sto. Nino, Marikina City, if you wish to send them in bulk. All participants, including friends and family, are invited to the distribution of relief goods on November 15, 2009, 1:00pm, at the different barangay halls and evacuation centers in the hardest hit areas in Marikina. These include:

· Industrial Valley
· Tumana
· Concepcion
· Calumpang
· Nangka
· Sto. Nino
. Sta. Elena
. Tanong
. San Roque

Thank you so much for your willingness to help us reach out to the countless victims plagued by Typhoon Ondoy. May God bless your homes and keep you safe. More power to the running community!


Rio De La Cruz
Timex Ambassador/ Race Director
2009 Timex Run
MP: 0918.985.9211

Needed Volunteers for Relief Efforts

Just doing this to help out in my own small way.


Angel Brigade Drop Off Center needs more volunteers to repack 1000 bags. Rizal Drive corner 4th Street, Bonifacio Global City (across Pacific Plaza Towers). It is open from 7AM-10PM. Let’s continue the Bayanihan spirit!

San Antonio Church Makati needs help loading relief goods tonight. Please proceed to San Antonio Parish Center rooms 1-4.

If you are in the Makati area, you can drop off your donations at Santuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road. They are packing the relief goods also for RC. A summary below of how the relief packs are made by the RC so if you can already pack what you are donating that would save the RC volunteers time. Please mark your plastic bags so that RC volunteers will know what’s inside.

Bulk of the work there is in segregating the donation of clothes, linen, towels and mats and packing these into small plastic bags in the following manner:

Pack A: (packed in plastic bag then rolled in a small banig and tied by string/lubid)
– 1 small banig
– 1 towel
– 1 set, adult clothes
– 1 set, child clothes
(rolled bundle is about 24 in. in length-like a lumpia)

Pack B: (all packed in plastic bag)
– linen
– 1 towel
– 1 set, adult clothes
– 1 set, child clothes

Please segregate and pack in this manner to save the RC the trouble of sorting and repacking.

The Shaw office hasn’t started segregating the food donations as of 5pm, so just bring the boxes there as you will.

Recommended donation for food:

small canned goods (sardines, corned beef, luncheon meat)
instant noodles
mineral water

Here’s the type of food that they will be needing:
– bottled water
– instant noodles
– biscuits
– canned goods

Others: clothes + linen + towels
Pls make sure that clothes are wearable
balikbayan boxes also and blankets and banigs

Ateneo is still open for donations. We are much in need of canned goods. Please proceed to the college covered courts if you are near the area. You can also volunteer in the clean up operations in Provident Village, Nangka in Marikina, and other Gawad Kalinga sites of Ateneo. Contact Mark Lawrence Cruz of GK-Ateneo 09178933003. Let’s all do our best to help out in anyway we can.

Cainta, Rizal is one of the worst hit municipalities by the typhoon outside of Metro Manila. Right now, they really need cooked food. This is an emergency measure for the time being because some of the victims haven’t eaten the past couple of days and have no way to cook their own food. The relief goods that you can send immediately apart from food are warm clothes, blankets, medicines. If you can send immediate help please contact Rica Cuyugan at 09172700392 and 09228838972. The roads to Cainta are still flooded so they will also need trucks to transport the relief goods there. If you want to volunteer, you can also contact Rox Oquendo of KIDS Foundation at 09228543733. Please spread the word.