Justin's Run for The School of Love and Hope
Organized by: Justin Lim
My Tita (Aunt) Elma established a school for disabled children in her local province. It was a project close to her heart as her daughter, Eileen was born with Down syndrome. Ever since I can remember, for every occasion that my sister and I celebrated, my mother would send a contribution in our names to the School of Love and Hope in San Pablo, Philippines. It's my sister's birthday and we're having a party - let's make sure the School of Love and Hope gets some cake and ice cream too. It's Valentine's Day and we're making Valentine's Day cards - let's make sure the kids of the School of Love and Hope kids have art supplies as well. As we got older, my sister and I began to contribute to the school on our own through high school, university, and beyond.
When Tita Elma opened the school doors in 1974 there were 37 children and 5 teachers. Today the school has over 200 children who attend from across the province and they are the only complete special education school in the region catering to all kinds of handicaps from preparatory level to high school. The school's rondalla (string ensemble) group comprised of 32 hearing-impared children have competed (and won) in regional contests, the students have participated in all Special Olympics (domestic as well as international, and the school was recently accredited by the Philippine government and now receives funding.
On November 1, 2015, I will be attempting to run, walk, and/or crawl my way to the finish line of the New York City Marathon. If you know me, you know I don't enjoy any form of exercise. That's why this will be my first and last marathon. As such, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to raise money for this wonderful school and to provide me with extra motivation through 26.2 miles.
Please consider donating to this wonderful school. More information about this amazing school can be found at http://www.schoolofloveandhopesped.com. Many thanks in advance for your support.
Justin Jose R.S. Lim