March 30 ------ As the Philippines marks its second week of the COVID-19 community quarantine, Pia Wurtzbach launches her online fundraising campaign for COVID-19 frontliners.
On her Instagram, Pia said as she is staying at home and keeping herself updated with news everyday got her to thinking how she can be of help to others. "So its officially week 2 of quarantine... I'd like to first say thank you to all our frontliners who put their lives at risk to serve and care for all of us. Maraming maraming salamat po. We also know that the number of cases are still rising and that families are worried more and more about putting food on the table. Watching and hearing about it in the news everyday, it can be overwhelming.
"I'm very grateful that I am able to stay at home.. but it got me wondering.. what can I do to help? How do I make myself useful at this time? So I decided to just try something. I tried looking for suppliers myself, starting with medical masks. And I found a few. I placed an order of 5,000 masks to be donated to our frontliners and I received them the next day. It made me realize, kung gusto mo talaga, may paraan," she began her post.
She then asked her followers to help her help others by supporting her cause.
"And then I thought, what if I had more? What if we could give more? Kulang pa ito.. And this is where I need your help, guys. With the help of my friends, I've started an online fundraising campaign to provide 25,000 medical masks to our frontliners in different hospitals around Metro Manila. I know this may not sound like alot, but it’s a start. I can't do this alone. Tulong tulong po tayong makatulong.
"So I am humbly asking for your help. Tulungan niyo po kami para matulungan pa po namin sila. If you can, please donate. The link is in my bio po. We will be keeping you updated on our progress too.. Maraming salamat to all my friends and industry friends who took the time to reply and teach me everything I need to know para masimulan ‘tong munting online fundraising," she added.