Some celebrities already stepped up to do their part as a citizen and extend help to those who are affected by COVID-19.
One of them is the actress Bela Padilla, who started an online fundraising campaign for the street vendors of Manila.
Amid the Metro Manila Community Quarantine, people started to feel hopeless, especially those who work every day for a living. Part of them is the street vendors. We see them every day on the streets to sell goods in order to feed their families.
Apparently, Bela Padilla wondered what will happen to informal workers on the street during the community quarantine?
She expressed her thought on her Tweet last Sunday, March 15.
“How do the taho, Sampaguita, chips and basahan vendors we see on EDSA who probably sold close to nothing today eat tonight? And tomorrow? And the whole month?” Bela said in a Twitter post.
However, minutes after, the actress came up with an idea.
“The best solution I came up with is for us to donate. I set up an account, and whatever money we do raise, let’s split 16 ways for the 16 cities of Metro Manila affected by this community quarantine,” she added.
The 28-year-old Bela assured fans that she will personally see to it that the money raised will go to the right people, as she encouraged them to support and forward the cause.
“During this inevitable pandemic, there will be a lot of Filipinos who won’t be able to rely on their normal sources of income. Our favorite taho, dirty ice cream, and banana cue vendors won’t be able to secure enough money to guarantee food for their families at the end of the day for one month until our community quarantine is over,” she said in her fundraising campaign.
“Please help and share this link and let’s try to hit or surpass the target in one week because our local workers have all already been affected starting today. Thank you. Twitter, let your magic work please,” she added.
The online campaign aims to collect 1 Million Pesos until 11:59 of March 31.
Through this online fundraising platform, with the minimum of a peso, anyone who has access to the internet can donate any amount through credit card, debit card, and Paypal (or GCash to Paypal).
As of Monday morning, March 16, the fundraising campaign has already raised over P54,000. Fans can send their cash donations until Tuesday, March 31.