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Miles for Smiles: Run for Cleft Care 2011

by on Aug 24th, 2011

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Life is beautiful. Amidst all the stress or problems that come by, I can still smile and say that life is beautiful. For most of us, it takes the least amount of effort to turn our frowns upside down and show off our beautiful smiles. But for others, it takes a team of doctors and a lot of caring people to help give them the smile they deserve.


Before I decided to read more about it, I thought that having a cleft lip was just a physical limitation and nothing more. I later on learned that it was much more than just that. Did you know that an infant cannot develop proper suction for drinking thus having the risk of milk entering the nasal cavity and being aspirated into the lungs? Hence, unlike ordinary babies, these infants cannot just enjoy their milk bottle. The formula needs to be placed at the back of their tongue for normal swallowing to take place. Moreover, having a cleft lip also affects the language development of the kids.


Can you imagine not being able to talk properly with friends? Can you imagine not being able to eat and drink on your own? And most especially, can you imagine not being able to smile?

So what do you say we go the extra mile to make these kids smile?

What: Miles for Smiles

When: September 18, 2011 – Sunday

Where: Bonifacio High Street

Beneficiary: Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Philippines, Inc.

Race Categories: 400m (for children 10years old and below), 3k, 5k, 10k, 16k

Registration Fees: P250, P450, P550, P650, P750 respectively

Group Category
10k (10-member division) – P15,000
16k (10-member division) – P15,000

*Joining the group category automatically sponsors the operation of 1 child. The fee is inclusive of a team photo plaque that will be delivered


About the race


Miles for Smiles: Run for Cleft Care 2011 is presented by Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, Philippines, Inc. (NCFPI) together with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines and The Smile Train to raise public awareness that “bingot” or cleft and other craniofacial conditions are treatable and that world-class, comprehensive cleft care is available.


NCFPI is a non-profit organization that aims to establish craniofacial centers that provide world-class services to Filipinos especially the indigents. Visit them at or through their Facebook page. Join as an individual runner or form a group of 10 by bringing together your families, friends and colleagues to sponsor a child with cleft. A 90-minute operation is all it takes to make a world of difference.

On-site registration (Daily from August 15- September 15 or once slots have been filled up whichever comes first)

Registration Venue

  1. ROX, Bonifacio High Street
    Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Tel. No: 856- 4638 to 39
  2. Reebok Trinoma
    Level 2, Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Ave., QC
    Tel. No: 900- 6952
  3. Reebok Megamall
    Upper Ground Floor, SM Megamall A, Mandaluyong City
    Tel. No: 914- 0344
  4. Royal Sporting House Glorietta 4
    Level 2, Ayala Center, Makati
  5. Royal Sporting House, Robinson’s Place
    Level 2, Padre Faura Wing, Robinson’s Place, Ermita, Manila
    Tel. No: 536- 8072
  6. Reebok Festival Supermall
    Level 2, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa
    Tel. No: 850- 4082

Online registration

  • a. Pay thru bank

Account Name: Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Phils.
Bank/ Branch: Banco de Oro/ Taft – Pedro Gil
Account No: SA 2410039614
Amount: Entry Fees + P100 Delivery Charge

*For Metro Manila residents, race kits will be delivered on or before 11 September 2011
* Non-Metro Manila registrants may claim their race kits on the event day from 4am-5am

Singlet Design

Last yea’s run was WONDERFUL! and I was privileged to have been able to help out and sponsor a child together with my team. Check it out here: /miles-for-smiles-our-victorious-results/

So what do you say? Ready to run for a smile?

*I know there are SEVERAL runs set on Sept. 18, 2011. So choose to run for a cause. Whatever the run, choose to be a RUNNER FOR A CAUSE!

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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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