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More financial aid will go to the victims of the Guimaras Island oil spill

March 2, 2007

CEBU Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH) has formally turned over P80,000, which came from the proceeds of the Run for Guimaras marathon, to the Iglesia Filipina Independiente-Guimaras, a convenor of the nongovernment organization Save our Lives.

Run for Guimaras was organized by CDUH to raise funds to help the victims of the oil spill.

Around 1,000 runners joined the marathon, which was able to pool P40,000 from the registration fees of the event.

CDUH president Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal Jr., who has promised to shell out a counterpart of the proceeds, gave another P40,000.

The assistance was given to Rev. Fr. Andy Mark G. Loma of Iglesia Filipina Independiente-Guimaras.

“We hope this will go a long way to help the victims of the oil spill in Guimaras,” Larrazabal said.

Medical missions

Loma said they plan to use the money to organize medical missions and provide alternative livelihood for the people of Guimaras.

And since the health of the people is along the line of interest of CDUH, Larrazabal Jr. is also willing to help more by providing medical personnel volunteers, equipment and medicines for the medical missions.

The Run for Guimaras marathon was the second one that Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal III organized after the successful First University Run for Sight last August. They plan to hold two marathons every year. (SunStar Cebu, Mar. 2, 2007)

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