Team David's Salon

Team David’s Salon for Tour of Hope 2019

  

The Tour of Hope 2019 Philippines, a charity cycling event with a route that spanned over 470 kilometers in North Luzon, was held last February 2 to 5, 2019. It was spearheaded and organized by Team David’s Salon members Joyette Jopson, Carmela Pearson, and Jola Gonzales, and supported by David’s Salon CEO David Charlton. Titled “Cycling Miles of Smiles”, it aimed to raise funds and increase awareness for children with cleft lip and palate for the event beneficiary Smile Train Philippines, in time for their 20th Anniversary. A team of 40 people consisting of experienced local cyclists, as well as British, American, Australian – Singaporean cyclists based in Singapore participated in this event.

For Day 1, riders cycled 154 kilometers from Laoag to Pagudpud, then back to Laoag. Day 2 was Laoag to Vigan, through a 105-kilometer scenic route with views of the La Paz Sand Dunes, the historic Paoay Church, and UNESCO World Heritage site Calle Crisologo, where they were welcomed by a marching band. The Metro Candon Bikers Association rode along the participants in Ilocos as well. In Vigan, aside from finishing half the tour, the team had additional reason to revel as they attended Smile Train’s 20th Anniversary celebration with patients and their families. On Day 3, the participants traveled a 150-kilometer stretch from Vigan to San Fernando, La Union. After the ride, the participants had a Meet and Greet Jollibee party with Smile Train patients that were present for the pre-surgery screening. Lastly, for Day 4, it was an intense uphill ride to Baguio from San Fernando via Naguilian Road for 61 kilometers.

For Day 1, riders cycled 154 kilometers from Laoag to Pagudpud, then back to Laoag. Day 2 was Laoag to Vigan, through a 105-kilometer scenic route with views of the La Paz Sand Dunes, the historic Paoay Church, and UNESCO World Heritage site Calle Crisologo, where they were welcomed by a marching band. The Metro Candon Bikers Association rode along the participants in Ilocos as well. In Vigan, aside from finishing half the tour, the team had additional reason to revel as they attended Smile Train’s 20th Anniversary celebration with patients and their families. On Day 3, the participants traveled a 150-kilometer stretch from Vigan to San Fernando, La Union. After the ride, the participants had a Meet and Greet Jollibee party with Smile Train patients that were present for the pre-surgery screening. Lastly, for Day 4, it was an intense uphill ride to Baguio from San Fernando via Naguilian Road for 61 kilometers.

     

 

Smile Train conducted free cleft surgery screenings and lay lectures on oral health at each main stop, and it gave the cyclists a chance to mingle with patients. “The meet and greet with the patients were very moving and humbling. It was such a great reminder of what The Tour of Hope is all about – which is helping others through cycling,” narrates Jopson.

 

   

The Tour of Hope started in Germanyas charity fundraising event. In the Philippines, it ran from 2008 to 2011, raising funds for cervical cancer awareness and prevention. This is the first time that it has been organized again in the Philippines after a 7-year absence in the cycling scene. The Tour of Hope 2019 was supported by David’s Salon, Coca Cola Philippines, Nissan Commonwealth, Farinas Trans, and Centuria Medical Makati.