Actress Maine Mendoza is once again putting her social media influencer status to good use by raising funds to help workers affected by the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Calling her initiative the “DoNation Drive”, Mendoza notes that since the declaration of the community quarantine on the Philippines’ Luzon island on March 16, 2020, where the movement of Filipinos has been restricted to their homes, the daily wage earners are having difficulty surviving.
Maine Mendoza appealed to people to help workers not receiving pay during the month-long quarantine.
“As we all know, we are facing one of the biggest challenges not only in our country but the whole world as well. The COVID-19 virus has been continuously affecting all sorts of people, regardless of their status in the society.
“We are all required to stay at home, but some people, especially our frontliners, whether be it in the government, food and medical industry have been trying their best to fulfill their duty as our modern heroes on these difficult times.
“But the world won’t stop despite the peril of the virus. Consider yourself blessed, if despite all, you can purchase food and sanitation supplies (even hoard!) for your homes. But what about those workers who live on a day-to-day basis? Now that they are obliged not to go to work, how can they survive?
Maine Mendoza then introduced her fund drive to donate Php 1,000 to each household food groceries and other essentials.
“This leads me to start this drive. I will be launching my DoNation Drive to help in my own little way, those who are greatly affected by this catastrophe. I know how hard it is for these people nowadays to sustain their living so I decided to share as much as I can to them. I will be sending P1,000 per household. (for food groceries and other essentials) This is to help as many employees as possible. 🙂
“This also leads me to the realization that we can all help, in our own little ways, to at least make things easier to those who need it the most. If you want to play a part, you can spare a little amount from your pockets that will surely go to those in need. Our share, no matter how big or small, will go a long way. 🙂
“To those who need assistance, please send an email together with your proof of employment (Company ID or any other proof that you are currently employed but required not to work until our situation improves.)
“Please send it to: DoNation.firstname.lastname@example.org
“And please do not forget to include your mobile number (where the cash will be sent) as everything will be done via G-cash.
“To those who are willing to help, you can send your donations to this number: 09563890291
The Isa Pa With Feelings actress also assured donors that she will be hands-on in receiving and distributing the donation to the families affected by the COVID-19 quarantine.
“I will personally facilitate all the donations and I will TRY my best to accommodate as many people as I can. 🙂 I will also provide proof of transactions to the donors for transparency purposes if they wish. Again, your share, no matter how big or small, will surely go a long way. Let’s DO this!” posted Mendoza on the DoNation Drive website.
The Philippines’ most tweeted celebrity in 2019, however, advised the donors and supporters to always refer to the number and email address posted on her legit social media accounts.
On March 21, the actress made an announcement she had to make a new email address because the Yahoo mail of DoNation Drive has malfunctioned.
“DoNation Drive’s (Yahoo) mail has malfunctioned. I have been trying to fix the problem since last night but I cannot seem to get it to work…So I decided to just create a new email. From now on, please send your emails to theDoNationdrive@gmail.com.”
Maine Mendoza posted screenshots of the DoNation Drive GCash transactions history that indicate 55 families have each received the Php 1,000 cash donations on the day she launched the crowdfunding.
Fellow actress Bela Padilla also set up her crowdfunding drive for the street vendors of Metro Manila and successfully raised more than Php 3 million.
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the National Artist for Music, also launched a series of FB Live concerts, called Bayanihan Musikahan, with the country’s top singers and musicians to provide for Metro Manila’s poor during the quarantine.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Maine Mendoza as she uses her celebrity influence for the good of the workers affected by the quarantine in Luzon.
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