Friday, March 25, 2011

Radaza urges residents to join Olango Challenge

Radaza urges residents to join Olango Challenge
By Iste S. Leopoldo
Sun.Star Cebu
March 25, 2011

LAPU-LAPU City chairman of sports and tourism Harry Radaza is encouraging residents, especially those from the coastal barangays, to take part in the 4th Olango Challenge on April 30 in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City.

“Lapu-Lapu being an island composed mostly of coastal barangays, gamay ra ang ni take sa swimming. With our aggressive promotion of sports tourism this year, we will be encouraging them to take part in this open water marathon swimming for a cause,” Radaza said during a press conference yesterday at Casino EspaƱol.

He was joined by Philippine Aquatic Sports Association (Pasa) Representative Alexander Reyes and Philippine Business for Social Progress Visayas Executive Jose Antonio Aboitiz.

The Olango Challenge is initiated by PBSP and Pasa with the support of the Lapu-lapu City Government. It is an open water swim aimed to raise funds for the 2,300 families of Olango Island and was started in 2008.

Proceeds of this year’s Olango Challenge are programmed for an extensive reforestation effort of Olango Island.

This year’s edition will also feature the two-kilometer and the six-kilometer men’s and women’s division and a fun category.

“We will also be holding the first competitive relay event in the country and it will be composed of three members,” Reyes said.