Young Voices Manila member tops wheelathon event

In celebration of the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) organized a fun run, July 17, 2011 at Quezon Memorial Circle. Dubbed M.O.V.E Manila Run 2011, the event aims to promote the rights and abilities of PWDs and to help support in the upliftment of the needy PWDs.

Seven Young Voices members and three former YV members participated in the event. The fun run involved separate competitions for PWDs and non-PWDs, with two categories. One for 4.4 KM (Men and Women), and 2.2 KM (Men and Women) for PWDs. There were two (2) categories for non-PWDs 3 KM (Men and Women) and 6 KM (Men and Women).

A YV Manila member, Daisy Panaligan, 23 years old and a congenital amputee who originally hails from Batangas won 1st place in the 4.4KM run. Also, Virgie Rabino, YV National Facilitator who has a poliomyelitis won 3rd place in the 2.2KM run category.

Daisy is a famous PWD athlete in the Philippines. She had recently won 1st place inBatangas Wheelathon game. As an athlete, she has represented the Philippines in wheelchair racing in different parts of the globe. Competitions gave her the opportunity to help her family, especially when her mother was hospitalized. Daisy loves her mother so much and offers her successes to her. She is also active as a member of the “Dancers on Wheels”, a group of wheelchair user PWDs who uses dance in their advocacy.

The success of the fun run demonstrated that PWDs can do what non-PWDs can. It gives credence to our aim for an inclusive society that accommodates people of all background, race, creed or disability, without discrimination or limitations.