To help medical frontliners and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ateneo de Manila University fencer Maxine Esteban organized a fundraiser together with her siblings.
"At first I wanted to make my break productive. I really thought of how I can do my part as a Filipino citizen and as a national athlete to help out our frontliners," said the 19-year-old sophomore, who was part of the team that won the foil bronze in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Her campaign, "A Small Thing Goes A Long Way", raised P339,000.70 and has gathered 50 Uratex pillows and 92 bottles of alcohol in just one week.
She said the response overwhelmed her.
"I was really surprised because I saw ate Hidilyn [Diaz] raise funds also; that is why I started one as well," said Esteban, UAAP Season 81's rookie of the year and MVP in women's fencing.
"I was surprised when I saw my friends donating a lot (to the fundraiser) and some people I don't even know."
Beneficiaries of "A Small Thing Goes A Long Way" include UST Hospital, UERM Memorial Hospital, National Children's Hospital, and affected communities in San Juan City. The pillows will go to families in San Juan and UERM.
Esteban's fundraiser will go on until April 26.
Those interested to contribute may forward their donations through the following avenues:
Bank: BDO Wilson Street
Account number: 6580077300
Account name: Maxine Isabel Esteban
Cellular number: 0917 5284329
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