PH volleyball stars auction off jerseys for COVID-19 frontliners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30)— Some of the country's biggest volleyball stars have joined in the fight against COVID-19 with a unique donation drive for health workers and frontliners.

Past and present collegiate players— led by Creamline Cool Smashers and former Ateneo Lady Eagles setter Jia Morado— have pledged to raise funds for medical supplies and personal protective equipment or PPE by auctioning off their jerseys.

Morado, through her Facebook page, said she is putting her game-worn Ateneo jersey up for bidding for a starting value of ₱1,200. The bid will increase with increments of 100, and will last until Wednesday noon.

"Bidding something special to me, for those who are doing extra special things for us," Morado wrote on her social media page.

Former De La Salle University standout Ara Galang also threw in her collegiate jersey for the initiative. The bid for Galang's jersey will last until Thursday noon.

Meanwhile, Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Maji Mangulabnan, Det Pepito, and Janna Torres have also donated their University of Santo Tomas juniors jerseys from their final year in high school. The winning bidder will receive the 5 jerseys as a set.

Apart from the jersey auction, the public can also donate as little as ₱10 through the page. The amount raised will be used to provide PPE, masks, and gloves for their hospital beneficiaries.

The drive has accumulated over ₱260,000 in donations as of Saturday evening.

Several hospitals and frontliners have appealed for donations of essential medical supplies, with stocks expected to dwindle amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The Philippines has recorded 1,418 cases, as of the Health Department's latest record.