From Negros, NCAA MVP Oftana finds way to help out in COVID-19 crisis

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 03, 2020 01:47 PM
From Negros, Oftana finds way to help out in COVID-19 crisis
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NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana is all well and good back in his hometown of Tanjay in Negros Oriental.

At the same time, though, San Beda University's main man is doing his part to help out in the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

Oftana has given a game-worn Red Lion jersey to be put up for auction by newly founded youth organization "May Twenty Ako."

"They approached me about it and sumali po ako para po makatulong kahit sa papaanong paraan sa mga taong walang-wala," he shared. "We are all affected dahil dito and it's best na magtulungan tayo in our own little ways."

The auction is part of the youth organizations' efforts to raise funds to be used to provide hygiene kits and groceries for the less fortunate in Metro Manila which continues to be under community quarantine.

"May Twenty Ako" had just been founded two weeks ago, but is already making an immediate impact.

Initially, it just hoped to pool together PhP 20 each from young people to be able to buy sanitizers for the homeless in their community in the north of Metro Manila.

Ultimately, however, that PhP 20 became just a symbol as contributions totaled PhP 30,000 - allowing the youth organization to distribute food and grocery items to homeless and informal workers in Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Bulacan.

Now, the organization is hoping that young athletes like Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, the University of Sto. Tomas trio of Rhenz Abando, CJ Cansino, and Brent Paraiso, and the NCAA MVP will push more young people to be one with the cause. "We believe that athletes are influential and they can encourage their fans to donate. More so, we believe that they share the same cause as us and are more than willing to donate their game-worn jerseys," it said in an online interview.

While he wouldn't be able to send his jersey to Manila just yet, Oftana promised that "May Twenty Ako" will have it once he heads back to Mendiola. "Ayun nga po, sinabi ko na lang sa kanilang pagbalik ko dyan, agad-agad na nilang kunin sa akin," he said.

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