Pia leads sports fundraising for kids

Hundreds of triathletes and sports enthusiasts led by Senator Pia S. Cayetano will converge for twelve hours on Saturday, September 4, to raise funds for differently abled children at the 8th Gabriel’s Symphony Multi-Sport Celebration in Alabang, Muntinlupa

Now on its eighth year, this unique event held in memory of Sen. Cayetano’s son who passed away in 2001, features several sports activities that will raise donations to assist children with cleft lip and palate, as well as visually-impaired and hearing-impaired kids

Highlighting the day-long event is Filipino triathlete, Maiqui Dayrit, who is eyeing to reach the P1-million mark in donations by staging his own “Ironman” for the sixth straight year

From 5 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Dayrit will do a full “Ironman distance” consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and 26-mile and 385-yard (42.195 km) that will take him to Alabang, Las Pinas and Bacoor, Cavite. Since 2005, individual donors and corporate sponsors have been contributing funds for Dayrit’s Ironman to help differently-abled children

“Maiqui’s Ironman” kicks off the multi-sport fundraiser which will also feature individual running and biking events, corporate relay, a Barkada Run, and the Pinay In Action Sunset Run. Age group aquathlon and triathlon events will be held for young children and teenagers

Forty indigent children, including 20 from the Marillac Center for Girls and 20 young barefoot runners that Cayetano had chanced upon while biking along Daang Hari in Bacoor, Cavite, will also be treated to an art and sports clinic

Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation is named after Gabriel Cayetano Sebastian, Sen. Pia’s son who died in 2001 from complications of a rare congenital condition, Trisomy 13. Gabriel lived for only nine months, and was born with a cleft lip and palate, had a hole in his heart, and was perceived to be deaf and blind.

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