Abando, Cansino join in on auction to help homeless during COVID-19

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 01, 2020 01:45 PM
Abando, Cansino join in on auction to help homeless
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Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino are the latest players to throw their names into the hat of proving the youth can contribute in the fight against COVID-19.

In support of newly founded youth organization "May Twenty Ako," the University of Sto. Tomas' swingmen have pledged game-worn jerseys to be put up for auction.

"Siyempre, gusto kong makatulong sa community sa paano mang paraang pwede akong makatulong," Cansino said. "Buti na lang, merong lumapit sa akin para magawa yun. Masaya ako at sana, mas mataas yung big na makuha para mas maraming matulungan."

The auction is part of the 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.

A day ago, "May Twenty Ako" got contributions from the University of the Philippines products Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano.

The youth organization 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 "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 and the Growling Tigers 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.

Brent Paraiso, another pride of UST, also has a game-worn jersey up for auction.

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