Around 6,480 flood victims in Marikina City, Rizal, and Bataan will be aided with food relief after some of the Philippines’ star athletes and Globe Telecom employees joined forces to host a goods drive for people affected by the recent monsoon rains.
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Globe Telecom, through its nationwide volunteering program called Time Please, teamed up with members of Philippine Volcanoes, Lady Volcanoes, and Green Archers United FC (GAU), as well as Philippine Youth Tennis sensations Alex Eala and Miko Eala to provide food packs for the worst-hit communities.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to help our community, which the recent monsoon rains severely affected. We thank our Filipino athletes for joining us in providing immediate relief to the displaced communities,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at Globe. “All of us hope that more Filipinos will be inspired to perform acts of kindness for people in need.”
Some of the Philippines’ star athletes attended the volunteering activity, which Time Please initiated as one of its key efforts. Two months into the program, volunteers have rendered over 10 million hours through Time Please, a collaboration of Globe and The Walt Disney Company Philippines.
The athletes’ efforts to help the worst-hit localities go beyond empathy. Alex Eala, the 13-year-old Filipina tennis prodigy who recently won the Les Petit 14 tournament in Paris, was among those who shared their acts of kindness by gathering humanitarian aid for the calamity-struck victims.
“I’m very happy I got to participate in this outreach activity. I don’t usually get many chances to give back and help communities that are in need. So whatever chance I have, I try to take it,” Eala said.
For Steven Andrews Near, member of Philippine Volcanoes, the Time Please experience opened his eyes on how small acts of kinds can collectively make a difference to the lives of those who are in need of help.
“This is my first time to join Rise Against Hunger and Time Please. It is a wonderful experience because I get to give back to those who are in need. It is also great to work with other people – my teammates and Globe – in helping out those affected by the flooding,” he added.
Various groups across all walks of life have joined Time Please to do volunteering activities aimed at helping communities that are in need. Some of the key organizations that have joined the program are the Department of Education as well as the Boy Scout of the Philippines.