A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting RINA LOPEZ-BAUTISTA, the remarkable, selfless woman behind Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. It was only a few days before our meeting that I learned she’s a runner. And, not only that, she’ll be running NYC Marathon, too.
Over lunch, I learned about her wonderful idea for all of us NYC Marathoners to get together and use our run for a worthy cause. Her idea:
NYC Runners will be encouraged to help provide the Gift of Knowledge to thousands of poor and marginalized public school students across the country. They simply have to ask friends and supporters to donate $42 for every kilometer they reach as they attempt to finish all 42 kilometers. The total amount that a runner generates will be contributed to the Karunungan 2010 Fund that will help produce much-needed instructional shows in English, Science and Math with virtual Expert Teachers on Air. Sponsorships for other Knowledge Channel Packages such as cable-a-school are also encouraged.
Even before I finished my meal, I committed my full support. (I think many of you know that I am a part of iamNinoy Runners Group, which works for the same cause: education for kids. It’s a cause close to my heart.) As I headed home, I thought it was fantastic that one person—a female runner at that—could unite our efforts to do some good. See what just one person can do!
So, calling all runners registered for the NYC Marathon, Knowledge Channel invites you to an acquaintance night:
WHO: Registered participants of NYC Marathon on November 7, 2010
WHEN: Thursday, 30 September, 2010 | 6:30 pm
WHERE: Palm Grove, Rockwell Club
The gathering will provide an opportunity for us NYC runners to meet each other. (Yahoo, this should be fun!) KCFI will also explain to us how we can help with the 42-for-42 project. This is in line with KCFI’s Run for Knowledge campaign: KaRUNungan 2010.
To confirm your attendance, please email, text, or call:
Send Dittie the following information: (This is only to gather our contact info and does not entail any commitment on your part. Info will not be used for any other purpose.)
- Complete name; Nickname/Alias
- Contact details: Landline number, mobile number, email address
- NYC Marathon entry number
Dittie will then send you e-invites for the event.
I look forward to seeing you there!
For more information on Knowledge Channel and it’s KaRUNungan 2010 Campaign
KaRUNungan 2010 aims to help generate awareness and support for the continued resource and learning gaps in the educations system. While there have been many improvements in the system over the years, majority of elementary and high school students are still unable to attain adequate mastery of their lessons and are therefore unable to finish their schooling.
Through a series of running events, KCFI enjoins the growing Filipino running community to champion the cause of education, and give millions of students their “second wind” in order for them to reach the finish line.
Hence KaRUNungan 2010’s theme, “Every Learner, A Finisher.”
About the Knowledge Channel Foundation
The Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) is a non-stock, non-profit foundation committed to educating and empowering learners through media—so that they could realize their full potential to best serve their communities and build a better world.
Founded in 1999, KCFI delivers quality educational content to some 3 million children in around 2,000 public elementary and high schools using television and emerging media technologies. It broadcasts 14-hours of educational shows based on the government-prescribed curriculum as well as values-based and life skills programs. It has proven to be an effective intervention in improving student performance and attendance among beneficiary schools that regularly use the Channel.