By Martin A. Sadongdong
About 300 motorcycle enthusiasts and riders, led by no less than Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, participated in a fund-raising event for children with cancer yesterday from Camp Crame in Quezon City to Rizal Park in Manila.
The “Chief Oca Rides Against Cancer” advocacy ride raised a total of P1.3 million, which will be donated to the children with cancer confined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), according to the PNP.
“Together, we will build the future of our nation, every donation made by a rider, every cent of your money goes directly to a child suffering from cancer,” Albayalde said.
The ride started around 6 a.m. at Camp Crame, to Clark Circle in Angeles, Pampanga, the home province of Albayalde; and ended at the Rizal Park before noon. A boodle fight and a short program took place after the ride.
Aside from the R3,000 registration fee, Albayalde said each participant could also donate money for the benefit of the cancer patients. Other donors also gave money even without participating in the ride, he added.
Meanwhile, the management of PGH expressed gratitude to Albayalde and the PNP in conducting the advocacy drive and in support of the medication of children with cancer.
Albayalde is a known motorcycle enthusiast. When he was still the regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), he often rode his bike to roam around Metro Manila in the wee hours, and conduct surprise inspections among his men on the ground.