ABS-CBN actresses Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis on Monday, May 18, revived an old fundraising project to purchase test kits for COVID-19.
“Shop and Share” was launched in 2009 to help those who were affected by Typhoon Ondoy. Actors, singers, and even basketball players donated personal items ranging from designer bags, clothes, jerseys, and jewelry, which were then auctioned off on Ebay, with all the proceeds going to the Philippine Red Cross.
“Now, we humbly reach out again. These are hard times, truly frightening times for the Filipino people, especially with coronavirus cases still on the rise. Many have been doing their part in trying to give hope or just to make each day easier for those who are in need. And the hard truth is they will remain in need as COVID-19 remains the invisible enemy amongst us changing our lives and sadly disrupting livelihoods,” Locsin posted on Instagram.
“This time, with the funds we raise, we would like to purchase test kits and allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country. Yes, in support of mass testing. Because in this way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the TEST-TRACE-ISOLATE/TREAT formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus,” she added.
Locsin invited those who are keen to participate so they can help flatten the curve in the country.
“We do hope you can join us as we all work together to help flatten the curve in the Philippines in our own little way,” she said.
Curtis also posted the announcement on her Instagram, urging fellow actors to join their initiative.
“To our fellow artists and colleagues, if you would like to be part of this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We do hope you can join us as we all work together to help flatten the curve in the Philippines in our own little way,” she wrote.
Actresses Dimples Romana and Bea Alonzo have since shown support for the initiative by reposting Locsin’s announcement on their own Instagram pages.