RUN FOR LIGHT
Stiftung Solarenergie launches latest initiative to light up off-grid homes
Millions of Filipinos in far-flung areas spend their days and nights without electricity. Without this basic necessity, work and study—and life itself—are severely hampered. Research conducted by non-profit organization Stiftung Solarenergie – Solar Energy Foundation (StS) revealed that Filipino households with a monthly budget of P7,000 use 230 candles in one year, eight batteries in one month and a liter of kerosene each week. Apart from being very costly, these options often do not provide sufficient lighting and are dangerous fire hazards.
As part of its initiatives to equip off-grid communities with sustainable lighting, StS is launching a benefit run called Run for Light. The race, set on July 21, 2012 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, will have race distances of 3K, 5K, and 10K, with registration fees of P400, P500 and P600 respectively.
Proceeds of the run will go to the funding of solar lamps for Stiftung Solarenergie’s beneficiaries. Joining the run will be newscaster and politician Gilbert Remulla, TV host Kim Atienza, and supply chain manager and TV personality Erwan Heussaff. “What moved me to join the run was the surprising fact that while 3 kilometers for us is a warm up run, this is the distance that rural villagers regularly walk just to charge their cellphones. We want to help change that through this run,” shared Kim Atienza.
Jim Ayala, Chairman of the Solar Energy Foundation, echoes Mr. Atienza’s thoughts. “StS is proud to organize the Run for Light event, as we move forward in our efforts to provide sustainable lighting solutions to those who need them most.”
“While our previous lighting campaigns such as Hike for Light and Ride for Light catered to hiking and motorcycle enthusiasts, Run for Light is something everyone can take part in. The variety of distances will allow both serious and casual runners to help us realize our goal of bringing light to the darkest places in the country,” he added.
Solar Energy Foundation’s past nationwide campaigns, Ride for Light, Hike for Light, and Sail for Light have helped distribute more than 1300 solar home systems to over 100 communities all across the Philippines. -press release