Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines is one of the five organizations that benefited from this year’s Run With Me, an annual charity run by the integrated tourist hub, Resorts World Manila (RWM).
Tzu Chi received Php150,000 as donation from the charity race which was held on September 10 at the Mckinley West, Taguig City. Over 4,000 individuals ran for a cause; majority of these numbers are RWM’s employees while others came from the general public.
Other groups that benefitted from the proceeds of the 2017 Run With Me were: YesPinoy Foundation, HERO Foundation, EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines, and Children of Resorts World (COR) Foundation.
Tzu Chi volunteer Ferdinand Dy, together with ten Tzu Chi volunteers from Marikina City and San Mateo, Rizal, personally received the donation.
Dy said the cash donation is a big support to Tzu Chi’s charity programs.
Since 2014, RWM has been supporting Tzu Chi’s environmental protection program by allowing Tzu Chi’s recycling volunteers to collect recyclable materials from the company’s many hotels in Pasay City.
Apart from recyclable materials, the hotel and gaming company is also donating its blankets, bedspreads, among others to Tzu Chi.
According to Mark Meneses, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) officer of Resorts World Manila, the environmental protection partnership is a boon for both parties involved.
“Every month, Tzu Chi volunteers collect around one to two tons of recyclables and that’s actually big. Sixty percent of these collected recyclable materials are PET bottles. Instead of these plastics going to the trash, Tzu Chi can repurpose them into good items,” said Meneses.
Meneses added that the program has also helped instill environmentalism among the RWM employees as the volunteers’ presence is a constant reminder for them to segregate recyclables and donate them to Tzu Chi where it can help more people in need.
In keeping with the mission to spread environmental protection and recycling to the public, Tzu Chi volunteers seized the chance to promote recycling and collect recyclable materials during the charity run.
Composed of former and current cash-for-work recycling participants who receive cash allowances for helping Tzu Chi with its environmental protection advocacy, they attended the activity, this time, as volunteers.
They set up a recycling station where baskets labelled PET bottles, papers, aluminum and metal, and glass are on display. When the race began, Tzu Chi volunteers also started going around the venue, picking up discarded plastic bottles and explaining about Tzu Chi’s recycling and environmental protection program to the race participants and guests.
“We are also here to recycle because if we just come here and accept the donation, we worry that all the recyclables scattered around the place would turn to waste. By being here, we also wish to teach the fun run participants that they should also bring the practice of recycling to their homes,” said Carmelita Rejano, who led the group.
At the end of the event, Tzu Chi volunteers collected 114 kilos of cartons, 7 kilos of assorted papers, 20 cellophanes, 30 kilos of PET bottles, and 74 kilos of assorted recyclables.
Ten Tzu Chi volunteers from Marikina City and San Mateo, Rizal set up their recycling station as the 2017 Run for Me charity race begins. 【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers approach the participants of the race to encourage them not to throw away their empty plastic bottles and donate them to Tzu Chi instead.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Race participants donate their plastic bottles to Tzu Chi.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Sponsors of the event also donate their recyclable materials when they see the Tzu Chi volunteers.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers from Marikina City sort through the pile of recyclable materials they have collected from the event.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteer Carmelita Rejano carries some of the sacks of recyclable materials the volunteers have collected throughout the event. She says instead of only receiving the donation from the charity race, they chose to conduct recycling activity as well to keep plastic bottles from ending up in trash bins.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】
Tzu Chi volunteers manage to collect 114 kilos of cartons, 7 kilos of assorted papers, 20 cellophanes, 30 kilos of PET bottles, and 74 kilos of assorted recyclables throughout the event.【Photo by Jamaica Digo】