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PH volleyball community unites vs pandemic


More volleyball stars have joined the effort to raise funds for frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Alyssa Valdez, Charo Soriano, Gretchen Ho and Dzi Gervacio with the Volleyball Community Gives Back (VCGB), an organization of Philippine volleyball players launched Raffle for Heroes.

“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,” said Valdez.

Alyssa Valdez scores against a Vietnamese player during the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City last December. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI

Valdez and her former Ateneo De Manila University teammates Amy Ahomiro, Denden Lazaro and Ella De Jesus put their signed caps on the auction block for the cause.

Ex-De La Salle University standouts Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Majoy Baron, and College of Saint Benilde alumna Rachel Austero donated various items to the project along with other Lady Spikers and Lady Blazers.

Bea De Leon pledged her customized Kobe Bryant shoes while Maddie Madayag her 30th Southeast Asian Games jersey.

Former La Salle star Kim Fajardo and University of Santo Tomas hitter Mela Tunay also donated to the cause their F2 Logistics and Petron jerseys, respectively.

Alumni from University of the Philippines and University of the East, and the SEA Games women’s beach volleyball team led by Sisi Rondina also contributed to the project.

Raffle tickets cost P300 and without buying limit, though people can still donate any amount through bank and mobile payment applications. The VCGB is aiming to procure 2,500 or more personal protective equipment for the frontliners.

“They (frontliners) have sacrificed themselves, their health, their time, all to protect us from Covid-19. They are saving our lives. Let us save theirs, too,” said Soriano, who donated her Best Receiver trophy during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 70.

VCGB had made charitable activities in the past, including a fundraising concert for coach Roger Gorayeb and a donation drive for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

The organization was formed to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and has since aided many communities including those affected by the Marawi siege in 2017 and Typhoon Lawin in 2018.


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