The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

24 November 2011

ASP Cavite Chapters Support 2011 Run4Spec

By: Hilda Dordas Fajardo, ASP Tanza Chapter



ASP Cavite Chapters dedicated their Sunday, November 20, 2011, to an awareness fun run for children with special needs called “Run4Spec 2011, I’m Aware, I Care, I Run” hosted by PVI Foundation Inc. at 15th Strike Wings MDAAB, Sangley Point, Cavite City. More than 100 Philippine Air Force Personnel joined 5K and 3K buddy run.



ASP Cavite Chapters were represented by Ms. Jan Peña (ASP Bacoor Chapter), Ms. Vicky Francisco (ASP Cavite-North Chapter), Ms. Lyn Ebuna (ASP Trece Martires Chapter) and yours truly, Ms Hilda Fajardo (ASP Tanza Chapter).



The successful event was held in secured, safe and child-friendly surroundings, with a beach on the right side, free from polluted air. While waiting for the program proper to start, organizers distributed a nutritious packed breakfast of boiled egg, pandesal, nilagang saba, and juice for the kids.



The event started with the lighting of torch as a symbol of unity, which was relayed by none other than our own superman, “Muneer”, who ran faster than a bullet train. Muneer, a teen with autism, is the son of ASP Cavite Chapters Governor, Jan Peña.



The actual run took us one hour, with frequent rest along the way. I came in last in the 3K run, as I wouldn’t want to miss taking pictures of the memorable event. The crowd was cheering and shouting encouragement to the special children. All the children who participated received a medal, awarding of winners followed immediately after the run.


Captured mkoments during the Run4Spec 2011



The ASP Cavite Chapter kids and parents with PAF Personnel



After the run, a thanksgiving mass followed inside the PAF Gym. Sangley Point Elementary School showed their wonderful skills during their Drum and Lyre Exhibition as part of the 38th Founding Anniversary celebration of 15thStrikewing of Philippine Air Force (PAF).



Brigadier General Rene Samonte, Wing Commander of the 15th Strike Wing, gave an inspirational message thanking all the participants and sponsors of the said event. The children were treated to their never-ending favorites: burgers and chicken for lunch; and a dance number from the Jollibee Mascot.


All kids were full of excitement and a joyous smile as they all went home with loot bags as an early Christmas Gifts from Mrs. Malou Samonte and Sangley Philippine Air Force Ladies Club and t-shirts from 15th strike wing.



The Run4Spec 2011, I’m Aware, I Care, I Run event was a fundraising project of PVI Foundation Inc., in partnership of the ASP Cavite Chapters, for their upcoming summer camp next year. The participants are from the men and women of the Philippine Air Force, PAF Ladies Club, PVI Volunteers, Virlanie Foundation Inc., Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Children, Elsie Gaches Village, PWDs from Cavite City, Hopewell Integrated Bacoor, Heart of Peace Noveletta and their families, friends and advocates.


Participants of the Run4Spec 2011



ASP Cavite Chapters would like to thank Brig. Gen. Rene Samonte and his lovely wife, Mrs. Malou Samonte for their never ending support for the advocate of rights and welfare of PWDs. We salute the Philippine Air Force for advocating PWD rights! Maraming Salamat po!




POSTSCRIPT:
I remember the time when Mr.Ranil Sorongon, ASP Executive Director, visited our school and took the time to brief us about Autism Society Philippines and its advocacy programs and services. I bombarded him a lot of questions and he answered them straightforwardly and excellently.


After that powerful and convincing conversation, I had no second thoughts in signing up to become a member of ASP Cavite Chapters. Since then I have become a strong advocate of our chapter in Tanza in the last four years.


Ms Alma Torero, my co-parent in Tanza, and I underwent tough times in putting up our chapter. But thanks be to God, He provided us with more graces and assistance. Here in Cavite, we continuously support our sister chapters’ activities; and not just for our chapters, but for our communities as well.


Let’s continue to work together to Share Hopes and Build Dreams!



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Check the ASP Cavite Chapters near you:

ASP Bacoor - Jan Pena ( 0915) 985 7828 / (0920) 824 7636
ASP Carmona- Rosalyn Daso ( 0916) 132 1708
ASP Cavite North - Victoria Francisco ( 0918) 851 7379
ASP Dasmarinas - Ma. Luisa Cagingin (046) 416 1292
ASP Gen. Trias - Alice Buendia ( 0917) 871 6801
ASP Molino - Jacqueline Garcia ( 0929) 762 3178
ASP Tanza - Alma Torero (0921) 561 3613
ASP Trece Martirez - Lyn Ebuna (0928) 425 6909
ASP Imus - Lynette Gan ( 046) 489 1035



Be an Angel for Autism. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Donate to Autism Society Philippines Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2. Email us at autismphils@gmail.com or call 9266941 / 9298447.

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