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Iglesia Ni Cristo Worldwide Walk: World's Largest Walk for a Cause
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) organized a walk for a cause on February 15, 2014 which raised money and extended help for the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). This was not just a national event but a worldwide event that was conducted simultaneously in major cities of the Philippines and around the world.
Official Theme Song of INC Worldwide Walk 2014
Participants (mostly INC members) in the Philippines paid Php 250 for the registration fee. And participants outside the Philippines paid $30. Each received a limited edition t-shirt printed with "IGLESIA NI CRISTO WORLDWIDE WALK FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY TYPHOON YOLANDA 02.15.2014".
Here's a propose print design for the t-shirts:
Iglesia Ni Cristo World Wide Walk
INC Worldwide Walk T-Shirts
photo credit: Haly Obar
INC Worldwide Walk Key Cities and Locations
Some INC districts and locales also distributed INC Centennial memorabilia items. Participants also invited or sponsored guests who are non-INC members. The more, the merrier!
In Metro Manila, Philippines, there were three starting sites:
The walk starte at 8:00am. Other INC locales and districts all over the Philippines also gathered and started in their respective areas. There were also starting sites in Australia, New Zealand, Tokyo, Rome, London, Washington DC, and many more.
The INC administration is on to something big again. In 2012, INC broke 3 Guinness World Records:
Breaking the "Largest Charity Walk" in Guinness World of Record
And this year, the INC was also aiming to conduct the largest walk for a cause in the world. Guinness World Record (GWR) recorded a "Largest Charity Walk" which was The New Paper Big Walk 2000 which had 77,500 participants on May 21, 2000. The purpose of the walk was to promote healthy living in Singapore. Proceeds went to education, sports and charity organisations.
In February 14, 2014, INC broke this walk record. Leo Matignas, spokesman for the SGV, the official accounting and auditing firm assigned to help observe the INC event in its Metro Manila site, said the auditing firm had validated 96,000 participants as of 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, which was already several thousands more than the participants of the Singapore event.
As of 10 a.m., Police Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz of the Manila Police District estimated at 1.5 million the number of participants who occupied the whole stretch of Roxas Boulevard in Manila. He said the number was a "conservative” estimate, as people continued to stream into the area.
However, not all of those who went there were considered participants; only those who were able to get wristbands qualified.
Think how many INC members in the whole world. Total number of INC members is estimated to more than 10 million worldwide according to some sources. I know that INC population is a mystery to most of you. INC never reveal its membership stats nowadays.
Let's assume, if 30% of the total INC members will participate to the INC Worldwide Walk, how many participants will be expected? 10 million multiplied by 30% is equal to 3 million. So, over 3 million expected participants excluding guests or non-INC members who will also participate.
Amount of Money That Can Be Generated (Assumption)
How much money can the INC generate with these participants? If 60% participated in the Philippines and 40% outside the Philippines, that would be:
So, the total amount of donations that can be generated from the INC Worldwide Walk would be Php 2.07 billion.
This amount is so much bigger than the money pledged to be donated for the Yolanda victims by the following countries:
WOW! Isn't that amazing how INC would beat those countries above in terms of financial aid.
Is INC Bragging for Aiming Something Big?
The purpose of this big event is not to impress or brag on how many members INC has or how big and rich INC is. This event aims mainly to raise funds and help the victims of the Typhoon Yolanda. Proceeds will go to the INC Lingap sa Mamamayan ‘Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko’ project, which will build homes in the devastated areas. Could you imagine that even if most INC members are poor, they are here willing to help those who are in need? The greatest aim of the INC members with this event is to give glory to God and to obey His commandments which are written in the Bible:
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Glory to God and Congratulations to all INC Members!
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Update: February 12, 2014
The Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Manila Police District issued an advisory today in lieu of the INC Worldwide Walk on February 14.
Transcription of the Advisory:
Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
Philippine National Police
National Capital Region Polic Office
MANILA POLICE DISTRIC
MANILA DISTRICT TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT UNIT
Roberto S. Oca Street, Port Area, Manila
INC CHRISTIAN FAMILY ORGANIZATION
WORLD WIDE WALK
FEBRUARY 15, 2014
4:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
- NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND LANE OF ROXAS BOULEVARD FROM BUENDIA TO ANDA CIRCLE
- EAST AND WEST BOUND LANE OF P. BURGOS FROM PALACIO ST. TO ROXAS BOULEVARD
- EAST AND WEST BOUND LANE OF TM KALAW FROM MH DEL PILAR TO ROXAS BOULEVARD
- WESTBOUND LANE OF PRES. QUIRINO FROM ADRIATICO TO MABINI AND FROM MH DEL PILAR TO ROXAS BOULEVARD
- STRETCH OF P. OCAMPO FROM MABINI TO ROXAS BOULEVARD
EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF MANILA
RE-ROUTING OF VEHICLES
- ALL VEHICLES COMING FROM NORTHERN PART OF MANILA INTENDING TO UTILIZE THE STRETCH OF ROXAS BOULEVARD SOUTHBOUND LANE SHALL TURN AT ANDA CIRCLE GO STRAIGHT TO A. SORIANO ST. (INTRAMUROS), RIGHT TO MAGALLANES DRIVE RIGHT TO P. BURGOS, THEN GO STRAIGHT TO TAFT AVENUE, LEFT TURN TO PRES. QUIRINO, RIGHT TO PRES. OSMENA TO POINT OF DESTINATION
- ALL VEHICLES COMING FROM SOUTHERN PART OF MANILA INTENDING TO UTILIZE THE STRETCH OF ROXAS BOULEVARD NORTHBOUND LANE SHALL TURN RIGHT TO BUENDIA, LEFT TO TAFT AVENUE TO POINT OF DESTINATION
ACCESS ROAD GOING IN AND OUT OF MANILA HOTEL AND H20 HOTEL
- ONE (1) LANE GOING IN AND ONE (1) LANE GOING OUT WILL BE UTILIZED USING THE STRETCH OF INDEPENDENCE RD. AND KATIGBAK DRIVE VIA P. BURGOS.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) suspend classes in all levels and office work on Saturday due to heavy traffic from Iglesia Ni Cristo Worldwide Walk.
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