Victor Consunji Conquered Iceland’s Tough Terrains To Empower Girl’s Dreams
Millions of girls around the world miss the chance of attending school and getting a future that they truly desire due to several alarming causes – child labour, child marriage, or child pregnancy. In the Philippines, 63.3% of the Filipino out-of-school youth are girls mainly because of marriage at a young age and family matters according to a survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
In response to this serious matter, World Vision in the Philippines is introducing the “1000 Girls” campaign, a global movement that aims to help a thousand Filipino girls to reach a brighter future through the organisation’s Child Sponsorship program. The project will pave the way for the celebration of International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2019.
Real estate mogul Victor Consunji and his race partner Enrico Menichetti supported the campaign through successfully finishing the 2019 Fire + Ice Ultra Marathon, which took place in Iceland last 26 to 31 August. The duo had also set up a fundraising page where people can show their support and pledge to empower the dreams of girls still living in poverty.
“When we join a marathon, we have a specific goal in mind and that is to reach the finish line. We overcome obstacles and push ourselves to the limit to reach this goal. The same can be said for the thousands of Filipino girls who also have their own goals, dreams and aspirations. Sadly, not everyone has the means to do so because of poverty,” Victor explained. “We believe child sponsorship can help change this.”
“Enrico and I are dedicating this race to these girls because we want them to know that reaching their dream is possible. We want to empower them through this fundraising run. I hope that you can support Enrico and I as we run another race for children,” the adventure traveller added.
Victor and Enrico has been running for the benefit of empowering World Vision children for quite some time already. In 2018, the race partners conquered “the toughest foot race on Earth” – the Marathon Des Sables.
The funds raised and equally matched by Victor and Enrico were used to support World Vision’s nutrition campaign in Batangas, provide school supplies for children in Malabon, give water facilities in West Misamis, and build a new water system in Bohol.
To know more about “1000 Girls,” visit www.worldvision.org.ph. You may also follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram for updates.