The two actresses announced the relaunch of their “Shop and Share” project to raise funds for COVID-19 test kits.
Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis called on friends and fellow celebrities to support the initiative. The “Shop and Share” aims to help vulnerable Filipinos during the global health crisis.
“With the funds we raise, we would like to purchase test kits and allow testing opportunities for the poorer sectors, in the hopes of helping out in the efforts to provide mass testing in the country,” Locsin expressed in a social media post. “Because in this way we can make a higher impact, by pushing the TEST-TRACE-ISOLATE/TREAT formula that is the only proven way to defeat the virus.”
The project was first launched in 2009 to provide aid to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. During that time, several actors, singers, and athletes donated personal items, such as designer bags, clothes, jerseys, and jewelry. These were auctioned on e-commerce platform eBay and all proceeds were donated to the Philippine Red Cross.
“And, now, we humbly reach out again,” Locsin posted. “These are hard times, truly frightening times for the Filipino people, especially with coronavirus cases still on the rise. Many have been doing their part in trying to give hope or just to make each day easier for those who are in need. And the hard truth is they will remain in need as Covid-19 remains the invisible enemy amongst us changing our lives and sadly disrupting livelihoods.”
Actresses like Dimples Romana, Sarah Lahbati, and Maxene Magalona have expressed their support for Locsin and Curtis’s initiative.