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Miles for Smiles: Running for a Difference

by on Jul 24th, 2010

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Just a few weeks ago, I was surfing the net looking for a run for this coming August. There were two fun runs that I was eying. Unsure though which I wanted to join.

2 weeks ago during the Robinson’s Fit and Fun Buddy Run, I was handed a flier for the Miles for Smiles fun run. I started reading and slowly it gained my interest. I spotted a category for groups. I never tried running in a group, but this run made me want to try it! Running in a group cost 15,000 pesos for a 10 members running 10km! That’ll be two firsts for me! Running in a group and running 10km! (I can barely run 5km!)… though it’s a stretch, I also think it’s for a good cause. You see, running in a group automatically means sponsoring the cleft operation of one child. Running individually on the other hand means donating to one child’s operation.

Making a difference in someone’s life always feels good. So why not make a difference doing something I enjoy right? I immediately started looking for my 9 members! Posting on facebook, texting friends and even begging others! Finally after a week of searching… I found my 9 members!

They are namely:

  • Jessica Fernandez (Toddler teacher from Little Presidents Learning Palace)
  • Joanne Gamo (Grade 3 teacher from Xavier School)
  • Sheena Gonzales (Teacher from Whizminds at Robinson’s Galleria)
  • Hannah Villasis (author
  • Gene Ong (Mother of my former student/ Dentist and owner of Dental Connection)
  • Michelle Sunglao (Mother of a former student of Jessica)
  • Ronaldo Sunglao (Father of a former student of Jessica)
  • Paul Villareal (Accounting graduate, my future brother-in-law)
  • Philippe Villareal (Computer Programmer, my future husband)
  • Cheryl Golangco (author of this amazing blog! ehhe)

None of us are professional runners, none of us run on a daily or even weekly basis, and for some, this would be their first ever run! It doesn’t take much to make a difference… it just takes some dedication. So to my 9 co-runners, know that you are making a very big difference in one child’s life!

I’ll update you guys soon on how the run will go! For others who are also interested to join this run and make a difference, you can register from July 15 – August 15, 2010 at the following shops: (You may also click the picture above to zoom in and view the details!)

I. 2nd Level, ROX, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

II. Christ Sports a. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
b. SM Megamall, Ortigas, Pasig
c. Festival Mall, Filinvest, Alabang
d. SM North Edsa
e. Glorietta 3

The run will be on Aug. 22, 2010 at the Fort! See you there! :)


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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