100 Fil-Am Cyclists Ride for Bantay Bata

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The Stockton peloton pedals 68 miles for the ABS CBN Foundation International’s flagship program.

100 Filipino American cyclists ride 68 miles for Bantay Bata

We hope that the first Bantay Bata ride will open the doors for cyclists to support and bring more awareness to this cause.

At the break of dawn on May 21st, one hundred Filipino American cyclists rode 68 miles in Stockton, California, to pedal for a cause. Organized by Frank Gatdula of cyclist group, LUZVIMIN, the fund raiser brought JR Calanoc’s See JR Run campaign to over halfway to its goal of the children of Bantay Bata (Child Watch), the ABS CBN Foundation International’s flagship program.

Early this year, Calanoc pledged to complete the race of his lifetime – the Subaru Ironman Triathlon in Penticton, British Columbia – for the beneficiaries of Bantay Bata, children that suffer from malnutrition and child abuse.

“I was touched by the outpouring of support from fellow cyclists. Some actually donated more than what we asked for and participants came from as far as Fresno,” said Frank Gatdula, organizer for the charitable bike ride. “We hope that the first Bantay Bata ride will open the doors for cyclists to support and bring more awareness to this cause.”

The fund raiser brought together Filipino American cyclist groups from all over Northern California – the Tracy Riders, Filipino American Cyclist Team (FACT), Siclista, Sacramento Pinoy Riders, Adobo Velo and the LUZVIMIN Racing Team.

“When I signed up for this challenge, I did not expect to discover this much generosity out in the community,” said JR Calanoc, the philanthropic triathlete for Bantay Bata. “The sincere giving of all these Filipino cyclists and the donors around the country reminds the Filipino children that there is a world of kindness that wants to make their lives better.”

“When people take what they love to do and choose to do it for good, it makes the act of giving so much more meaningful,” said J. Robbie Fabian, President of the ABS CBN Foundation International. “The children of Bantay Bata have much to look forward to with a global community as generous as that of the Filipinos worldwide.”

Support the cause by visiting http://www.seejrrun.com. To learn more about Bantay Bata and other programs of the ABS CBN Foundation International, visit http://www.abscbnfoundation.org.

ABOUT ABS CBN FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL:
ABS CBN Foundation International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino children and their families in the Philippines and around the world. Its flagship program, Bantay Bata (Child Watch), is a child abuse rescue operation that responds to an average of 15,300 calls for assistance a year. The program assists more than 21,000 children and families in relocation communities and feeds at least 4,400 severely malnourished children a year. Its education program serves 4.2 million elementary school children and their teachers.

In the United States, the organization partners with Filipino-American organizations and associations in addressing community issues--youth truancy, housing, issues affecting the elderly, health, and emergency needs. For more programs and information, visit http://www.abscbnfoundation.org.

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