DH to run in London Marathon for Oxfam

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Hong Kong-based domestic worker Theresa Calo

PHERFORM member and Pherform Philippines ambassador Theresa Calo will take some time off from her work as a domestic helper to run in the world-famous London Marathon in April.

Calo is running in the marathon to raise awareness in Hong Kong for global charity Oxfam.

This is the first marathon for Calo, who has only been running seriously for 15 months, but she is no stranger to running long distances. She has joined several trail running race events. She has completed the HK168, a 63- km race held on Nov. 6, 2016, and the Vibram HK100, a 100-km race held on Jan. 14, 2017.

In the Vibram race, Calo, who has been working as a domestic helper for 14 years now, received a bronze award for a sub- 21hour time.

Calo said she originally took up running to lose weight, but soon started enjoying it and taking the hobby seriously and joining organized races.

“As a helper, I work long hours, but it’s always possible to find time to train if you are serious about getting fit. Where there is a will, there is a way,” Calo said.

It is this tenacity in pursuing her goals that had enabled Calo to be sponsored by Pherform. Pherform is a specialist facility offering a host of services designed especially for females. Pherform exists to build community, to build confidence, to build mutual respect among a community of women united in becoming their best selves.

“It’s a huge honor to run the London Marathon, and I’m lucky to get a space,” Calo said .

“The London Marathon is one of the most famous races in the world, so it will be a great experience and I want this run to be meaningful by helping a charity raise money. It may sound unrealistic for someone who works as a domestic helper like me but I want to show everyone that we can do more,” she added.

Calo will line up alongside over 30,000 other runners from around the world and some famous celebrities, selected from nearly 400,000 applicants. It is not known how many runners from the Philippines will join the race, but it is highly likely Calo will be the only domestic helper from Hong Kong carrying the flag for the Philippines.

As for a prediction on her race time, Calo declined to comment.

“I have no specific target. The main thing is to run, have fun, enjoy the scenery, mag selfie sa mga celebrity, finish the race, and hopefully raise some money for Oxfam,” she said.

Calo said that she, her family, and loved ones and her team BANDILANG PINAS are paying for all the costs for taking part in the race, so every penny raised goes directly to Oxfam.

To support Calo in her efforts to raise money for Oxfam, please feel free to donate what you can at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheresaCalo2017.

You may also contact 93113167 for more details.

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