PRIMER GROUP’S CORE DONATES BIKES TO YOUTH GROUP IN PALO, LEYTE
The Primer Group of Companies’ advocacy arm, Center for Outdoor Recreation and Expedition (CORE) donated 12 bikes to the Palo Culture and the Arts Organization (PCAO) in a turnover ceremony last April 9, 2017 at the Palo Municipal Hall in Leyte province.
The bike donation, which was sponsored by FOX, Columbia, and the Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.), was conducted through the Heroes on Wheels, CORE’s assistance program that aims to strengthen the support networks of local communities by providing proper outdoor equipment and transport means.
PCAO was established by the Lingap Sining of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) as part of the rehabilitation process of the children in the community after super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) battered the province. It promotes theater as an instrument in dealing with the trauma of the disaster.
During the ceremony, which was also attended by PETA Lingap Sining Program Coordinator Gaille Billones, a Bike Clinic was organized by the Firefly Brigade Philippines to teach the PCAO kids the basics in riding the bikes (mountain bikes with suspension), and its proper maintenance to maximize its purpose.
After the Bike Clinic, the group went on a bike ride all over Palo, from the MacArthur Landing Monument to the Korean Park.
Billones said the bikes will be very useful for them in doing errands for the organization and during emergencies. Aside from Billones, Firefly Brigade Philippines President Joaquin Yabut also attended the ceremony.
CORE Program Manager Kristine Villaflor, for her part, said, “We hope to give light and assistance to these kids who were most-affected by the disaster that hit the country.”
In 2013, 10 bikes were distributed to 10 esteemed local community doctors in Yolanda-affected areas. They used to bike to give medical assistance to Filipino patients who do not have access to immediate healthcare even during fair weathers.
The healthcare providers were given the right gear and bike equipment that can withstand the worst terrain in hard to reach areas.
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