More residents of Pasig City who have lost their jobs or are in need of transportation will be given bicycles, as Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and her boyfriend actor Sam Milby team up with Gretchen Ho in her “Donate a Bike, Save a Job” campaign.
The celebrity couple, with the help of Cornerstone Inc., Secret Scents, and Medigrade Philippines, donated 50 bikes to Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action—an initiative she founded at the height of the quarantine period in the country. (Read: Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo Give Support to Public Hospitals)
In an Instagram post, Catriona, who is also an active advocate of helping those in need, expressed her admiration towards Gretchen’s personal initiative. The beauty queen also encouraged her followers to participate in the fundraising project and help Gretchen attain her goal of attaining 1,000 bicycles at the end of the year.
“Gretchen Ho is leading such an amazing initiative and hopes to fundraise to donate 1,000 bikes by the end of the year!” she said.
Donate a Bike, Save a Job
Former volleyball player-turned-TV host Gretchen Ho started her “Donate a Bike, Save a Job” initiative through the “Woman in Action” project back in August. Since then, Gretchen has been receiving an overwhelming amount of support from her peers in the entertainment industry.
Aside from Catriona and Sam, actress Angel Locsin and her current TV show, Iba Yan, also teamed up with Gretchen Ho in donating 30 bikes to several stuntmen who lost their jobs in the pandemic. (Read: Real-Life Darna: Angel Locsin raises P11 million to provide tents to hospitals)
“On the set with a real superhero, Darna. Surprise!!!! We gave away 30 bikes to our stuntmen and stuntwomen. Marami sa kanila ang nawalan ng trabaho ngayong pandemic. Pero sa tulong ni @therealangellocsin at ng #IbaYan team, mabibigyan na rin sila ng work as delivery riders!!” Gretchen said on her Instagram.
View this post on Instagram
On the set with a real superhero, Darna. Surprise!!!! #IBAYAN: We gave away 30 bikes 🚲 to our stuntmen and stuntwomen. Marami sa kanila ang nawalan ng trabaho ngayong pandemic. Pero sa tulong ni @therealangellocsin at ng #IbaYan team, mabibigyan na rin sila ng work as delivery riders!! Aside from the bikes that @womaninactionph has given, they’ve connected our stuntmen with the new #MoveOn app for immediate job hiring ☺️ Congrats po!! Sure na sure ako na kaya ninyo yung buhay siklista!! Thank you to our #womaninaction @therealangellocsin for continuing to help others through her platform ☺️ #IBAYAN episode airing now on Kapamilya Channel!
As of writing, the “Donate a Bike, Save a Job” initiative has already distributed 185 bikes to those in need—but Gretchen hopes to keep the project running, so that more Filipino families will get access to affordable transportation amid the pandemic.
With that, the former Ateneo Lady Eagles Spiker encourages everyone to donate! She says the bikes cost 3,500 PHP and she will be responding to donation queries on her social media accounts or through her email at [email protected].