Four Schools Benefit from the AboitizPower 15th PHC Outreach Program
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 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.
One of the highlights of the Philippine Hobie Challenge is the Outreach Program. Through this program, PHINSAF, participating sailors, and private donors, are able to give back to the small communities that dot the beaches and islands in the Challenge course.
To many, it is even this meaningful socio-civic component that sets the Challenge apart from other events that focus solely on the racing.
What started out as a simple turn-over of small school items (like chalk!) has grown over the years to include donations of more educational supplies, medicines and other clinic supplies, and even solar lamps from two partner organizations.
There were also some Challenges wherein the Emergency Response Team that accompanies the fleet teamed up with competing sailors who are also physicians to conduct a medical mission in the Challenge pitstops.
As the beneficiary communities are filled with gratitude over these donations, they in turn usually treat the sailors to a program of songs and dances, sometimes even sending the fleet off with a whole band!
This year, the beneficiary communities were determined to be two (2) Mangyan communities in Puerto Galera and one (1) school in Ambil Island, Occidental Mindoro.
The PHC Outreach Committee will be giving educational supplies, medical supplies, and solar lamps to all three. One of these communities also requested for children’s storybooks & picture books, so if you have these just lying around in your house, please feel free to donate them through the PHC Secretariat!
For storybook/picturebook donations, please contact Rap at 0917-6211647.
Please return to this page for updates on the PHC15 Outreach Program! 🙂