Former Lady Eagles lead fundraising event for frontliners

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 31, 2020 03:01 PM
Former Lady Eagles lead fundraising event for frontliners
The campaign #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES eyes to produce an initial 2500 PPEs for medical frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Former Ateneo de Manila University volleyball stars led by Alyssa Valdez, Charo Soriano and Gretchen Ho are organizing a fundraising campaign to help medical frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Through their Volleyball Community Gives Back to the Philippines (VCGBPH) organization, composed of various volleyball players working together in their efforts to unite the community during times of adversities, the campaign’s goal is to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) for medical heroes who are risking their lives to help those infected by the deadly virus.

The campaign #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES eyes to produce an initial 2500 PPEs and eventually more. 

Memorabilia from participating players will be up for grabs in the raffle.

"I read the news everyday about the battles of our doctors, nurses, health workers, and frontliners. And I wanted to help them, to ease their pain, their burden. So I was speaking with Pablo Cabahug about his efforts to produce PPEs in his shop. And he mentioned that they are having difficulty sourcing materials. So I contacted Ate Cha and said it's time we revive VCGBPH," said Valdez, one of the first volleyball stars who supported the organization since its formation in 2013.   

The raffle tickets cost P300 each. Participants can buy as many tickets as they for more chances of winning.

“Players from PSL, PVL and UAAP are all coming together and pledging their memorabilia for this cause," said Kiwi Ahomiro.

Among the players who pledged to join the RAFFLES FOR HEROES are Valdez, Ho, Soriano, Ahomiro, Amanda Villanueva, Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola, AJ Pareja, Tatan Gata-Pantone, Sue Roces, Sasa Devanadera, Thang Ponce, Jen Nierva, Jen Reyes, Kath Arado, Ella de Jesus, Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Denden Lazaro, Jema Galanza and Deanna Wong.

"We wanted to do our part, as much as we can. We contacted the rest of our group and planned on how to produce PPEs in the quickest time possible,” said Soriano. “Most of the suppliers of PPEs that we contacted can only deliver in 2-3 weeks. So one option that we thought of is to buy the raw materials and give them to the numerous sewers and designers. This way, we can produce of PPEs as soon as possible, and daily, too.”

Please visit Volleyball Community Give Back on Facebook and @vcgbph on Instagram and Twitter for details on how to join RAFFLES FOR HEROES.

 

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