THE Ayuda Sa Atleta program finally started the distribution of ayuda eco bags to differently abled athletes starting off with chess, triathlon, wheelchaiir basketball, athletics, dancesport and badminton.
Each eco bag contains vitamins, Gatorade drinks, Milo sachets, Alaska products, alcohol, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and face masks, according to project initiator sports journalist Lito Cinco.
” We had to struggle with logistical problems on storage of the donated products from Gatorade, Milo, and Alaska, plus the other items we bought, then the delivery system. With the assistance of PHILSPADA, we were able to connect with different sports groups,” said Cinco who included his house in Tagig as one of the pick up points, together with Annette Nelmida, mother of blind paratriathletes Joshua and Jerome in Muntinlupa.
Co-initiator, former Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Chairman Tom Carrasco is advising all other para sports groups to get in touch with Cinco, 0920 9241981, and Nelmida, 0917 6263255, to arrange pick up schedules.
” Our big thanks to the many donors and kind hearted companies and individuals, Jean Henri Lhuillier who provided the P250K seed fund, Foton, F2 Logistics, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, , Alaska, Nestle Philippines, ,Philippine Courier Services, same with individuals who prefer to remain anonymous , the Athletes Commission with Nikko Huelgas, and Annette, ” said Carrasco.
The campaign still accepts cash donation or in kind until end of as the program shifts to the regular athletes this time.