A sea of smiles and waves of gratitude overwhelmed the sailors who participated in this year’s AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge, as students and teachers from four public elementary schools thanked them for the school and medical supplies, and solar lamps that were donated through the event’s Outreach Program.
The four beneficiary schools were Parang Elementary School in Verde Island, Ambang and Lapantay Elementary Schools in Oriental Mindoro, and Tabao Elementary School in Ambil Island. Depending on the needs of the school or community, they received notebooks, various school supplies, medicines, medical and clinical supplies, solar lamps, and a solar panel. They also received individual first-aid kits from Lifeline Rescue, the official emergency medical support of the The AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge.
The AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge is a premier extreme sailing event that takes seasoned sailors to the country’s best and oftentimes most remote islands and beaches. Because of the relative isolation and distance of some of the areas that the race visits, its organizers have come to know many seaside communities who do not have electricity or even school items as basic as chalk. For that reason, the organizers, through the generosity of the event’s sponsors and private donors, put up the Outreach Program as a way to give back and help those said communities.
From simple donations, the Outreach Program has become an integral part of the event that the sailors look forward to. Most sailors donate personally to the Outreach trust fund, while others give items like medicines and books.
The Outreach Program was made possible by the participants, sponsors, and particularly the private donors of the PHC. Among the private donors are Fossil, Rosita Ngu, Dr. Susan and Dr. Dennis Cruz, Uni Ballpens/ Lupel Marketing, William Westervelt, David and Alistair King, Susan and Andrew Boyd, David Brunskill, Bob Engwirda, and George Mills.
The AboitizPower 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge was sponsored by La Luz Beach Resort, Rayomarine, Potato Corner, GoPro, Canyon de Boracay Premiere, Standard Insurance, Landco, and Blood Red Clothing. Emergency Medical Support was provided by Lifeline Rescue, while GPS Tracking was provided by WRU.PH. It was also supported by the Department of Tourism- Region IV-A, the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Taal Lake Yacht Club, Novellino Wines, Seahorse Marine, and R.O.X. For the full results, visit www.hobiechallenge.ph.