24 years ago, Mikel Lovina left his home in Ubay, Pulupandan for the last time. Sadly, a tragic accident snuffed the life out of him that day. However, Mikel’s family keeps his memory alive by sharing blessings in his name. In 2013, they started the Mike Lovina Jamborun which converts kilometers run into different gifts of love for impoverished children in the country. In 2018, the Lovina family began partnering with NVC for the Jamborun.
Many events in 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to Covid restrictions but when love is strong, nothing–not even Covid–can stand in its way. To comply with safety protocols, the Mikel Lovina Jamborun 2021 was a virtual race. 525 runners from all over the Philippines as well as Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore, Spain, UAE and the US participated in the race. They ran wherever they could throughout the day. They then sent screenshots of the number of kilometers they’d run. Donations also poured in from all over the world and at the end of the day.
The combined efforts of the donors and runners raised enough funds for enough MingoMeals to feed 320 malnourished children daily for six months. On March 4, the first 70 of these children began their nutrition protocol in Mikel’s hometown. It was as if Mikel had come back home.
The distribution of the remaining Mingo Meals to other communities will continue later in the year. Click on the link to find out more about the 9th Mikel Lovina Jamborun: https://www.nvcfoundation-ph.org/jamborun2021/