- Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Pauline Lopez and Joane Orbon teamed up to use their platform in helping out girls in the country during the pandemic
- They also aim to raise awareness for all girls in vulnerable communities who experience poverty or violence
- Their platform also aims to send food relief to affected families
Two Philippine national athletes joined forces to help out girls living in vulnerable communities as the country grapples the pandemic.
Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Pauline Lopez, a taekwondo player; and Joane Orbon, a member of the Philippine Karate Team, teamed up to use their platform in helping out girls and raising awareness for all girls in vulnerable communities who experience poverty or violence.
“As we all come to terms with the reality of COVID-19 and staying at home to save liv
es, I am choosing to stand with all girls who are not lucky enough to have food security, a safe shelter that is free from abuse and violence, and who are unable to access education,” Lopez was quoted in a report.
“I am using my platform #StandWithGirls and raise awareness for all girls who are living in poverty and/or are at risk of violence in the place where they should feel the safest — their homes,” the top Taekwondo athlete in the country added.
Orbon, a multi-awarded karateka, joined Lopez in teaming up with FundLife International for the relief effort. FundLif
e has been distributing food supplies to affected families since the start of the quarantine.
The #StandWithGirls effort aims to provide food relief to families “to keep them as safe as possible during these challenging times for everyone.”
Lopez and Orbon brought honor to the country for winning gold medals in their respective events in the 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines last year.