24 years ago Mikel Lovina left his home in Ubay, Pulupandan for the last time. Though a tragic accident snuffed life out of him that day, Mikel has been kept alive these past nine years through the #MikelLovinaJamborun which converts kilometers run by participants into different gifts of love for impoverished children in the country. Because of Covid restrictions, many events this year and last have had to be canceled but when love is strong, nothing–not even Covid–can stand in its way.
This year, the Mikel Lovina Jamborun was a virtual race. 525 runners from all over the Philippines as well as Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore, Spain, UAE and the US ran wherever they could throughout the day of the run. They then sent screenshots of the number of kilometers they’d run and the total was tallied after the race. 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.
More Mingo Meals will be distributed to other communities in April this year. Click on the link to find out more about the 9th Mikel Lovina Jamborun: https://www.nvcfoundation-ph.org/jamborun2021/