UP Fighting Maroons athletes join alumni relief drive for Taal Volcano eruption victims

UP Fighting Maroons athletes Taal Volcano eruption
UP athletes join UP alumni in a new UP Fight call for help for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo from Renan Dalisay

The new UP Fight call comes from the University of the Philippines athletes and alumni who have banded together to conduct a relief drive for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano spewed toxic ash into the air which fell on the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and parts of Metro Manila, triggered earthquakes, and forced people to leave their homes in the midst of the eruption. The crisis has inspired people to use the social media to announce important information for victims, exhibit the bayanihan and damayan spirit by offering their homes to evacuees, and send help – and such is the case of the UP community.

The UP Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team Management, the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK), UP NSTP Program, and the UP Varsity Athletes joined the Nowhere To Go But UP alumni network to call on the UP Community to send help to the victims through the UP drop-off point at CHK MBT Coach’s Lounge.

The Taal relief drive started today, January 15 and will last until January 17. Donations will be received by the volunteers from 8am until 5pm of Friday.

Donors are requested to provide the following items:

  • bottled water
  • blankets
  • medicines
  • masks
  • hygiene kits
  • raincoats
  • food items

Goods gathered will be delivered to a specific evacuation site in Batangas on Saturday.

UP community call for help

The group also asked for volunteers to re-pack the goods for distribution. Volunteers are asked to come wearing UP Maroon attire.

For more information about the donation drive please contact: Yvette Garcia – (0917) 311 7858, Tricia Miranda-Fernandez – +63 917 887 4242

SEND donations to the UP Fight relief drive for Taal Volcano victims and join the battle to save lives!

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