HIDILYN DIAZ VOLUNTEERS FOR RELIEF OPS ON CEBU ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Philippines’ first Olympic gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz organized relief operations in Argao, Cebu on Christmas Day, December 25.
The Olympian was joined by her fiancé coach Julius Naranjo to volunteer for Set Forth Philippines, a nonprofit organization organizing relief efforts to various local communities in need.
Aside from the two, Dani Bautista, the skateboarding national team head coach, who invited them to participate was also present in the distribution.
Diaz also shared some uplifting words to the people of Guiwanon, Argao, one of the areas hardest hit by the recent super typhoon Odette.
“Gusto ko lang sabihin na kayang-kaya natin to basta sama-sama tayo. Alam ko pong mahirap, [pero] tulad ng pandemic, nandito tayo, na-surpass natin yon,” Diaz said in a video posted by Bautista in her Instagram page.
“Alam kong mahirap, ako, dati before ako nanalo sa Tokyo, na-stranded ako sa Malaysia, mahirap ang buhay don, at wala akong kilala. Alam ko ganon din iniisip niyo mahirap paano magsisismula ulit sa umpisa pero kayang-kaya natin to. Merry Christmas sa inyo,” she added.
The athlete talked about her own personal experience of challenges before her historic victory in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Set Forth Philippines and the volunteers distributed sets of grocery items, toiletries, infant care items, catering up to 1,000 families in the area.