Anne Curtis, UNICEF-PH donate ₱1 million for Marawi children

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On April 22, Anne Curtis embarked on her second marathon run in London, clocking it in 5 hours and 12 minutes.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) — Anne Curtis is going the extra mile again — this time, for those affected by the Marawi crisis.

On April 22, Curtis embarked on her second marathon run in London. But unlike her first marathon in New York City in 2016 where she ran as a celebrity advocate for UNICEF-Philippines, Curtis hopes to raise ₱84,000 in partnership with the organization this time around.

The amount will be given to the children of Marawi who suffered from the five-month war between ISIS-inspired Maute rebels and government forces.

But on May 1, the "It's Showtime" host revealed on Instagram that not only was she able to raise the initial amount, but she also reached 603 percent of her target donations, which hit more than ₱507,000.

Curtis, however, said she'll match the amount, doubling the donations to more than a million pesos.

UPDATED: Today I close my simply giving page at PHP 507,249.00. Thank you to everyone that donated. As promised, I shall match this amount for a total of 1,014,498.00 PESOS (Thank you sa mga nag last minute donation) We reached 603% more than my target and I have all of YOU to thank! I’ve read each and every comment that everyone left on my page. I saw that there were people from all over the world leaving encouraging messages Maraming Salamat po.. but the true winners here are the Children of Marawi. I was able to see photos from the Country Representative of @unicefphils Ms. Lotta Sylwander when she did a site visit and that led me to dedicate and fundraise for them. The aftermath of the war has greatly affected their lives. Their families have been displaced, some don’t have access to basic social needs such as education and health care. Albeit, this may be a small amount compared to what needs to be done but as I say, any help can go a long way. My sincere gratitude to all of you! Till the next one? THANK YOU a million times. . .. . The artwork on my nails represent all the helping hands that donated and @unicef’s logo for Child Survival. Thank you @mimsqiu for doing this special request. #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure

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"Thank you to everyone that donated. As promised, I shall match this amount for a total of 1,014,498.00 pesos (Thank you sa mga nag last minute donation)," the 33-year-old host and actress said.

She thanked all of those who contributed to her cause, adding that the true winners are the children of Marawi. Curtis explained that she was inspired to donate after seeing photos of a site visit in Marawi, and how the war has affected the children's lives.

"Their families have been displaced, some don't have access to basic social needs such as education and health care," she said. "Albeit, this may be a small amount compared to what needs to be done but as I say, any help can go a long way. My sincere gratitude to all of you! Till the next one?"