Break The Silence Global Run Set For March

[ Press Release ]

On Sunday 19 March, 2017, the Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (PADS) is hosting approximately 10,000 global change-makers of all abilities and ages to participate in the Global Run, in cities around the world. The Global Run will raise funds for and awareness for PADS’ flagship Project – Break the Silence – prevention of sexual abuse of Deaf women and children, in the Philippines.

Our goal isn’t to break world records. Instead, our goal is to generate a wave of awareness across the globe which will contribute to the eradication of this horrible crime.

Our primary run will be in Cebu City, the Philippines, where Filipinos and international guests will take to the streets to show their support. Simultaneously, other Filipino cities will host runs with the support of SM Supermalls.

On the same day around the world, our partners and networks will host runs in their cities. So far, we have confirmed runs in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Nations.

The final run of the day will be hosted by Google at the Googleplex in Mountain View.



You may also register at SM Seaside City, SM City Cebu, Abellana Sports Complex, or at the Spectrum Philippines Cebu Office in The Greenery Cebu.



– Cebu City
– Manila

– Melbourne
– Sydney
– Adelaide

– Washington DC
– Harrisonburg
– Mountain View (Google HQ)

London, England
Kew, England
Aberdeen, Scotland

– Singapore

New Zealand:
– Windwhistle

– Ulaanbaatar

– Wiesloch

– Tokaj

– Barbacena
– Belo Horizonte

– Pune


Our work with the Deaf community enabled us to unearth dark secrets of Filipino society. One such secret is the alarming number of unreported sexual abuse cases committed against Deaf children and women. This crime has been going on for decades, unknown to the bigger society.
65-70% of Deaf boys and girls in the Philippines have been molested, as discovered in a recent nationwide survey on the incidence of physical and sexual abuse to Deaf children conducted by The Philippine Deaf Resource Center.

A further study revealed that one third of female respondents had been raped, often abused by their own father. Conducted by Lyer and Fortunato in 2005.

PADS started the Break the Silence Project to strengthen the advocacy against Deaf sexual abuse and exploitation. The Project empowers and educates the Deaf and hearing communities on how to prevent or appropriately respond to sexual abuse and exploitation.

We intend to stop this crime once and for all and we would like you to be part of it.


  1. Sign up for the Cebu City Run now!
    Click the Registration link to sign up now!
  2.  Organize a run
    PADS wants to invite your school, business, or community to participate by organizing a fun run in your local area. Run around a school oval, a local park – anywhere to run in solidarity with the Philippines, to STOP Deaf child sexual abuse and exploitation.
  3. Sponsor another group to run
    Can’t run yourself? How about sponsoring others to run! You could sponsor your employees, students from your local school, or another group to run.
  4. Sponsor the event
    We have tailored sponsorship packages that will give you and your brand great exposure around the world.
  5. Go for a run on the day
    Our goal is to get as many global runners on the day. If you can’t organize a run, then why not go for one yourself? You can use it as part of your fitness-training program. Just get out side and go for a run! Remem-ber to take a photo and share the message on social media!
  6. Share our message on social media
    Raising awareness is at the heart of this event. You can show your support of our cause by posting on social media. Talk about the event, and use the hashtags #TheGlobalRun and #BreakTheSilence to spread the message.


All funds raised will go to support the Break the Silence Project.


You may also register at SM Seaside City, SM City Cebu, Abellana Sports Complex, or at the Spectrum Philippines Cebu Office in The Greenery Cebu.