Running was made more fun and rewarding as kids, adults, moms, and babies joined Dagan Para sa Gatas ni Nanay, a charity run organized by L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counselling and Help) in partnership with AboitizLand.
Around 160 runners for the 10K and 5K open categories and 1K special category for mommies carrying babies in harnesses participated and went around the Mactan Economic Zone II compound on March 19.
In addition to raising awareness on the benefits of breastfeeding coinciding with International Women’s Month last March, the event aimed to help raise funds for the completion of the human milk bank at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), which has been operating since 2013 and is the first such facility in Region 7.
Human milk banks are a requirement for government and health institutions under the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009. These facilities are repositories for breastmilk donations with the goal of sharing human breast milk for very sick, premature or malnourished babies or babies whose mothers may be unable to provide milk for them.
L.A.T.C.H. is a non-profit organization of trained peer counselors, breastfeeding educators, and mothers who have exclusively breastfed or are exclusively breastfeeding. The group offers quality lactation education and peer-counseling services to mothers who wish to breastfeed.