Support Knowledge through Running

Knowledge is power, and through running we can empower less privileged ones with knowledge through education.  We all know that not everyone has access to high quality education, particularly in remote rural areas where schools are scarce, not to mention not easily accessible.  Through Knowledge Channel a wide range of curriculum-based and curriculum-relevant programs for elementary and secondary level students, as well as instructional shows for adults, are within their reach through media, for free.  As of now, Knowledge Channel is viewed by 3 million school children in more than 2,000 public schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

(Credit: Knowledge Channel)

Producing content incurs costs but it’s given for free so something has to balance the equation for this great initiative to continue, and this is how we may be able to contribute to that equation: the “KaRUNungan 2010: Run for Knowledge” campaign.  The initiative aims to help generate awareness and support for the continued resource and learning gaps in the education system.  Through a series of running events, Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (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.

(Credit: Knowledge Channel)

New York: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of

Times Square, New York (Credit: upstateNYer / Wikipedia)

Even runner’s dreams do come true in New York via one of the most popular marathons in the world, the ING New York City MarathonAre you one of them? “Through KaRUNungan 2010, Filipino runners in the ING New York City Marathon 2010 can join us as ‘Runners for Knowledge.’  Through their support, Knowledge Channel will be able to provide the Gift of Knowledge and hope to thousands of poor and marginalized public school students across the Philippines,” explained KCFI President Ms. Rina Lopez‐Bautista, who herself is an avid runner and participant in the upcoming ING NYC Marathon.

42‐for‐42 Donations

By dedicating their run for education, NYC Runners will be able 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 $1 for every kilometer they reach as they attempt to finish all 42 kilometers.  The total amount that a runner is able to generate will be added to the Knowledge Channel’s KaRUNungan 2010 Fund, which will be used to produce much‐needed instructional shows on the subjects of English, Science and Math, that will bring “virtual” Expert Teachers on Air to complement the teaching of these critical subject in class.

(Credit: Knowledge Channel)

Get Involved

  • If you are an ING New York City Marathon 2010 participant, join the Runners for Knowledge in New York by registering and filling out the form at www.karunungan2010.com.
  • If you are not an ING New York City Marathon participant but would like to support a particular Runner for Knowledge in New York, you may pledge $1 (or its peso equivalent) for every kilometer your chosen runner will complete.  The KaRUNungan website has the list of runners who have dedicated their run for knowledge.  Family, friends and supporters can simply click on the name and fill up the sponsor’s details to make the pledge.
  • If you are not running or don’t have a Runner for Knowledge to support – but still would like to contribute to the cause of education – you may donate to Knowledge Channel through www.karunungan2010.com or BPI Account no. 3430071172.

Manila: I keep coming back to Manila

Ortigas Center (Credit: Ramir Borja / Wikipedia)

For the rest of us who are Manila-bound we can still participate with the campaign through the Manila leg of KaRUNungan 2010.  Here are the details:

KaRUNungan 2010: Run for Knowledge

When: November 28, 2010
Where: Meralco Compound, Ortigas Avenue
Distances: 15K, 10K, 5K, 3K
Registration: P400 for 3K and 5K, P600 for 10K and 15K.  You may register at the following sites:

  • Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. 5/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road Corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
  • Chris Sports SM Marikina; SM North EDSA; Market! Market!; Glorietta 3; Festival Mall
  • ROX Bonifacio High Street
  • Second Wind Ortigas Home Depot; Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village

Registration is until November 25, 2010.  You may download the registration form here.

Aside from being one of the cheaper races recently, this run (aside from its good cause) is quite exciting as it would be held in Ortigas!  Ortigas is one of the Metro’s well kept secrets when it comes to running routes.  And those that already joined NYC Marathon may also join this one as their “recovery run.”

Race route

“The way to a better educational system has miles to go, but if runners are willing ‘to go that extra mile’ for education, then we can move closer to delivering on Karunungan 2010’s theme: Every Learner, A Finisher,” declared Ms. Rina Lopez‐Bautista.

(Credit: Knowledge Channel)

The Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) is a non‐stock, non‐profit foundation established in 1999 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.  It operates the Knowledge Channel, the only all-educational channel in the Philippines.

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