Across the globe, many more people continue to grapple with the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Though many more recoveries have been recorded, deaths and new cases continue to rise on the daily as health establishments try to manage with high demands and lack of supplies.
Life as we know it is officially a thing of the past, and despite a new normal looming over us, fear hasn’t stopped people from giving back to frontliners and their communities, encouraging and inspiring us to do the same.
As the virus continues to keep us under quarantine, forcing many businesses to remain closed, beauty queens are rallying to help those in need and aid in relief operations. From acts of kindness to major donations, here are just a few queens of our own doing good helping through a crisis:
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A staunch advocate of helping her fellow Filipinos, our very own Miss Universe 2018 has partnered with Young Focus Philippines to donate rice to daily wage earners who are unable to work and put food on their tables during the quarantine. Each minimum donation of PHP 550 gives one 15kg bag of rice to support a whole family, which is replenished every 10 days. As of April 20, the #NoWorkNoRice initiative has raised USD 44,000, amounting to 60,000kgs of rice donated to 5,000 families. (Donation efforts are still ongoing and those who wish to help may visit https://www.youngfocus.org/rice/ for more information.)
In addition, together with Smile Train Philippines, the world’s leading cleft organization of which Catriona is its Global Ambassador recently held a virtual speech therapy session—in an effort to reach and continue educating more patients with a cleft lip and/or palate amid the ECQ.
In an effort to help the frontliners bravely battling the pandemic, the former Miss Universe set up a fundraising campaign with a goal to accumulate and distribute 25,000 pieces of surgical masks to different hospitals around Metro Manila. In an update on her Instagram account last April, the actress-host and her team has donated a total of 41,900 n88 and 1,000 kn95 face masks, as well as 350 face shields and 200 packs of ChekHup coffee. (Donation efforts are still ongoing and those who wish to help may visit https://gogetfunding.com/medical-face-masks-for-frontliners-in-metro-manila/ for more information.)
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In total, we were able to send out 41,900 n88, 1000 kn95 and 350 face shields since we started. One last push guys - thank you for supporting this fundraiser to help our frontliners stay protected. Update: We’ve completed our fourth batch of donations last April 21 and 22 to 20 hospitals here in the Metro! ❤️ We were able to distribute 10,000 surgical face masks, 1000 KN95 face masks, and 200 packs of ChekHup Coffee donations from Dygen Pharma Distribution Corporation to the following hospitals: UST Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital m, Philippine General Hospital, Ospital Ng Maynila, Sta. Ana Hospital, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Children's Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, St. Clare Medical Center, Olivarez General Hospital, Pasig Doctors Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Molino Doctor's Hospital, New Clark City (NCC), Ramos General Hospital, The Medical City, Makati Medical Center, and Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center Thank you to everyone who donated, helped, posted and shared our fundraiser! ❤️
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No stranger to farm life, the Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up shared produce from her backyard farm to provide over a thousand meals to frontliners and essential workers through Byaheng Busog. Apart from food, the former beauty queen is also helping raise funds for PPEs through Kalinga Kay Juan. For every PHP 400 donated, a PPE suit will be delivered to one of four select hospitals. (Donation efforts are still ongoing and those who wish to help may visit https://www.instagram.com/kalingakayjuan/ for more information.)
Apart from collecting donations for PPEs and masks for healthcare workers, Miss World 2013 Megan Young has partnered with chef Diana Frias to provide meals for frontliners in Olongapo all while supporting the Aeta community in the area—talk about hitting two birds with one stone! To support Megan's iniative, she is also encouraging others in the area to support local by purchasing produce from the Aeta community of Pastolan Village, who will be selling fresh greens and fruits at the QRB store along Bnictican Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
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Joining the roster of beauty queens for COVID relief is 2018 Miss Globe Philippines Michele who set up the “Your 200 Pesos” initiative to raise funds for relief packs for frontliners, families in need, and the homeless. Apart from her call to donations on her social media account, the former collegiate volleyball star also takes time out to personally deliver the goods to various communities and partner organizations. (Donation efforts are still ongoing and those who wish to help may visit https://www.instagram.com/your200pesos/ for more information.)
A well-known advocate for the elderly, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 titleholder Gazini Ganados has taken to social media to amplify efforts to help senior citizens. Financial aid and donations in-kind will be used to help the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. and Project Duyan provide personal protective equipment, health and hygiene materials, and ready to eat food for the elderly.
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[CALL FOR DONATIONS] Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases in the Philippines have drastically increased in the last 2 weeks. Alarmingly, 70% of the reported deaths are senior citizens (60 years old and above). This means that older persons are becoming more susceptible to this virus and puts them in danger. With this, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) & Project Duyan for Sustainable Geriatric Health & Wellness would like to ask for your financial & in-kind assistance to help provide personal protective equipment, health & hygiene materials, and ready to eat food for our lolos & lolas. For financial donations, you may course them through the following accounts of COSE: BANK DEPOSIT Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. Bank of Philippine Islands Aurora Blvd. Branch Account No: 3151-0415-65 PAYPAL ACCOUNT email@example.com GCASH 0966-5846621 --- For in-kind donations such as face masks, alcohol, soap and ready to eat food, please contact 09175727398 or 09996422316. We shall coordinate the collection & distribution accordingly. Let's help keep lolo & lola safe from #COVID19! Thank you very much! Stay safe, everyone! #COSE #ProjectDuyan #StaySafeLoloAndLola
The Bb. Pilipinas 2019 first runner-up has also supported several relief campaigns including "Ani Para Sa Bayani” and “Kilusan Ligtas Malaria.” Donations will be used to provide food and reusable face masks to families in need in Palawan.
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