Balls for Peace: 994 more balls to go
MANILA, Philippines – The Football for Peace Program received an additional 280 soccerballs this week, leaving 994 more balls to go before hitting the 2,000-ball target set by Rappler for August.
200 balls were donated by Ruth Yu-Owen, president of PhilCarbon Inc on Friday, August 10. Additional balls were received from an anonymous donor from the US and the Josiah and Carolina Go Foundation.
The Balls for Peace campaign which started on July 13 was formally launched by Rappler in partnership with the Philippine Marine Corps.
After Rappler published a story of the Sulu kids who play football without adequate resources, then Maj (now Lieut Col) Stephen Cabanlet was contacted by One Meralco Foundation/MVP Sports Foundation which expressed interest to help. It pledged over 500 balls.
Other early responses came from the Younghusbands Foundation which pledged 100 balls. The Philippine Football Federation also led by Azkals team manager Dan Palami pledged 200 balls. Rappler and Natashya Gutierrez donated an initial 28 balls.
There are 2 weeks left before the Balls for Peace campaign ends. – Rappler.com
Those interested in providing assistance to the program may contact PMC Special Services Officer Lt Col Stephen L. Cabanlet at the Philippine Marine Corps Headquarters, Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Call/text +63 906 564 2765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org]