GDLs' game-worn jerseys up for auction to help homeless during COVID-19

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 31, 2020 03:10 PM
GDLs' game-worn jerseys up for auction to help homeless
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The Gomez de Lianos are out to prove that the youth can contribute in the fight against COVID-19.

Following the likes of the Nietos, the Ravenas, and Joshua Ramirez, Javi and Juan GDL have given up their game-worn jerseys to be put up for auction to raise funds.

The proceeds of the fund-raising will then be used to provide hygiene kits and groceries for the less fortunate in Metro Manila which continues to be under community quarantine.

"I'm just trying to help in any way I can to the society. This is one of the many ways I can help," Javi said.

The brothers are doing their part in coordination with "May Twenty Ako," a youth organization that had been founded just two weeks ago, but hopes to make an immediate impact.

"The Filipino youth are being seen as mere 'keyboard warriors.' We are often asked, 'Ano ba ang ambag mo,'" it said in an online interview. "To which we answer, 'May PhP 20 ako.'"

Initially, the organization 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 "May Twenty Ako" 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 the GDLs 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.

"May Twenty Ako" is made up of LJ Alejandro, Fred Baclig, Gamela Cañopa, Angela Maclan, Dave Manalus, Andrea Mariano, Mary Abigail Modales, Charisse Parchamento, Kriszia Prologo, James Selibio, Glesie Mae Rodriguez, Hannah Tubalinal, and Eunice, Erika, and Elizabeth Ente.

The organization then reached out to Ateneo de Manila University's Ella De Jesus and University of Sto. Tomas' Gi Reyes and the two turned out to be the kickstarters for many more athletes to help out.

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