Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tour of Hope
The Tour of Hope (TTOH) is a non-profit initiative of a group of like-minded people of various backgrounds to set-up bicycle tours in order to increase awareness and raise funds for health prevention and education projects benefiting resource limited communities. The event is a joint project of CIF/CECAP, Bravehearts, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, and in strategic partnership with Team David’s Salon, the Philippine’s first all-women multi-sport team, dedicated in promoting sports and at the same time sharing a passion for health and wellness.
During 2009, The Tour of Hope’s “Dare to be Bold” highlighted the three X’s in cervical cancer advocacy – eXposing the truth about cervical cancer, eXceeding one’s limit in support of this worthy cause and eXclaiming every woman’s right to life. Last May 24 – 28, 2009 more than 50 bikers dared to ride 500 kilometers to raise awareness for cervical cancer prevention, taking the Southern Luzon route from Muntinlupa City all the way to scenic Camarines Sur.
The bikers raised more than half a million pesos thru pledges and sponsorships and all proceeds of the event will be donated to CIF/CECAP for cervical cancer screening services in low resource settings. Eight lectures were conducted in each stop of the tour and more than 1,000 women were informed about cervical cancer and how this disease can be prevented through healthy living, regular screening and vaccination. Meanwhile, an initial number of 50 municipal health workers have been vaccinated using the funds raised from the event.
For 2010, The Tour of Hope’s theme is “The Tour of Hope 360: Fighting Cervical Cancer in Full Circle”. On March 20-24, 2010, hundreds of people from different walks of life will travel in a 500-kilometer cycling tour from Manila to Baguio inspired by the same goal.