September and October have been busy months because aside from work, there’s the fund raising activities for Given Grace, the 19-year old Computer Science student slain and raped in UPLB exactly last year.
Since justice delayed is justice denied, the Task Force Given Grace organized a benefit gig in business district Makati, a bike ride in idyllic UPLB, and a fun run in the University of the Philippines’ flagship campus in Diliman.
Net income: Php80,000. This was our biggest surprise.
Photos from the Bike Ride:
Sponsors for the Ride for Justice:
Green Planet–products given away for the raffle draw
Aqua Altria, Aqua Generation, Dalcielo, and Ari Halos’ family.
AppleRoad Media Production for the excellent photo coverage.
Partners: our media friends from Inquirer and Inquirer.net, Kabalikat civicom, and UPLB Pahinungod.
Our thanks also go to the International Rice Research Institute and the University Health Service for providing the ambulance, and to LB local government unit for providing the sound system for the Life Concert after the ride and bazaar for Given.
Makati mini-concert at the Blackbird bar, who gave the venue for free:
Save Alex Movement band fronts the performances.
Internationally acclaimed actress-singer Monique Wilson champions women’s rights through her active participation in Eve Ensler’s global campaign, “One Billion Rising.” Ms Wilson is in the Philippines to perform in Resorts World Manila’s production, The King and I.
Friends from elbi graced the event.
Women from Gabriela performs a skit denouncing rape and other violence against women. The piece was translated by feminist writer Joi Barrios.
We don’t know how Given’s parents feel, but we wanted them to know that they are not alone in their fight in seeking justice for their dear daughter.
The culminating activity: The Run for Given
Thanks to all participants from the Task Force Given Grace (with the Cebanicos below).