FILIPINO runner, Virgilio Censon will fulfill a life long dream when he arrives in Melbourne next week to begin preparations for his first Melbourne Marathon on Sunday, October 12.
The Melbourne Marathon is the next big event on the Melbourne charity challenge calendar with the City2Sea, and Melbourne Color Run to follow on November 16.
Virgilio is competing in the Melbourne Marathon to help raise funds for Red Cross which is still busy in the Philippines with recovery efforts after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.
Over the last twelve months Red Cross has provided more than a million people in typhoon affected areas with food, water, shelter and household items.
Red Cross has also given cash grants to more than 50,000 people, provided emergency healthcare for 28,000 patients, reunited 9,000 families and installed 750 water systems.
Virgilio will stay with his sister in Ferntree Gully while he trains for the marathon and conducts his local fundraising activities through the Melbourne Marathon Red Cross Heroes Team.
Red Cross Executive Director for Victoria, Toni Aslett hopes a large number of Melbournians will run for Red Cross in the Melbourne Marathon to help raise money for the everyday work of Red Cross such as providing breakfasts for children who might otherwise go to school hungry, daily phone calls to isolated and elderly people to check they’re OK, and drug and alcohol education for young people.
For the 2014 challenge calendar and useful information about supporting Red Cross in a challenge event go to http://redcross.org.au/challenge.aspx
Melbourne Challenge Calendar:
12-Oct-14 Melbourne Marathon
16-Nov-14 Color Run Melbourne
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.