Prisoners to benefit from ‘Pedal Ki Maria’ fun bike
By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay
Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) detained at the four jails of Caceres will be one of the beneficiaries of the 20-km “Pedal Ki Maria” Fun Bike slated on Aug. 14, Saturday.
PDLs staying at the Tinangis Penal Farm in Pili, Camarines Sur, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Naga, BJMP- Iriga and BJMP-Tigaon were selected as recipients of the activity’s proceeds, along with abandoned children housed at the Naga City Children’s Home in Pacol, Naga City.
Fazenda de Esperanza, a community rehabilitation for persons with alcohol and drug addiction problems located at Carolina, Naga City, was also chosen to be one of the event’s beneficiaries.
Grand Prize of “Pedal Ki Maria” Fun Bike activity
Sister Many Janet, a missionary volunteer who has been working hard for the promotion of the “Pedal Ki Maria” together with the Franciscan friars of the Immaculate, said that the fun bike event wishes to promote faith, hope, love, and peace in these trying times brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“May this feast activities uplift the lives of our fellow beings, that we will not be gripped with fear by the evil of the virus, that the call to unity, optimism and charitable works prevail as we fight as one for the good of humanity and for the love and greater glory of God,” Janet said.
“Pedal Ki Maria” will be one of the highlights of St. Maximillan Maria Kolbe Feast Day. Aug. 14 also marks the 80th death anniversary of Kolbe, a Franciscan priest and missionary whose great love for the Blessed Virgen Mary inspired his work and spirituality.
Kolbe is known as the Patron Saint of the Difficult Century, prisoners, drug addicts, journalists, mediamen, families, pro-life movement and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
The event’s kick-off ceremony will start at 5:00 AM. Participants will assemble at the Naga City Metropolitan Cathedral at the Quadricentennial Arch facing Porta Mariae. For those who have not registered yet, an onsite registration will be conducted on the said date.
Initially, the route will cover Panganiban Drive, Del Rosario, Cararayan, and Pacol. It will culminate at the Mary Co-Redemptrix Church, San Felipe, Naga City.
The organizer is inviting interested bikers to register ahead of time if they wish to avail of the event’s t-shirt.
The P300.00 registration fee will cover the dri-fit “Pedal Ki Maria” shirt, finisher medal, mask, snacks at the culmination site, rosary, brown scapular, miraculous medal, medal of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, stampitas, raffle ticket, and finisher certificate.
The grand prize winner for the raffle will receive a 22-inches Our Lady of Peñafrancia statue (fiber glass and cloth manto) while the second prize winner will receive one mountain bike. Consolation prizes are five divine frames, five fruit baskets, one divine shirt and five grocery bags.
Aside from the fun bike, triduum masses will also be held on Aug.11, 12, 13, and 14 every 5:00 PM at the Mary Co-Redemptrix Parish, San Felipe, Naga City.
Bike enthusiasts may register at the following registration sites: ENRO Office LGU Naga; PNP Naga City; BFP Naga City; J.Emmanuel Pastries; Tribo Bikolano; Mary Co-Redemptrix Church; MPDC Office-Milaor, Camarines Sur; SM City Naga; Dacudao Cycling Center at Panganiban Drive, Naga City; Joseph Gualandi School for Hearing Impaired at Balatas, Naga City; MNWD; GSIS; Archbishop Palace; and at Mr. Bert Salvador Grocery at Villa Obiedo Subdivision, Naga City. (PIA5/Camarines Sur)