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Ayuda Sa Atleta, a campaign to help national athletes during the pandemic, ends in November with nearly 600 recipients to date. Para-athletes were the first to benefit with a total of 171 from PHILSPADA and 10 national sports associations, including athletics, badminton, sailing, para triathlon, chess, goalball, sport dance , table tennis, bowling and wheelchair basketball. For regular athletes, 358 from 14 NSAs received gift sets, including national athletes based and training in Baguio. The sports represented were softball, baseball, judo, kurash, women’s basketball, triathlon, duathlon, sepak takraw, pencak silat, kick boxing, karate-do, boxing, muay thai, athletics and chess. “We extend our sincere thanks to all the companies and generous individuals, who made donations in cash and in kind, totaling approximately P 550,000, which we spent on the goods in the eco-friendly bags and other logistical expenses. Thanks also to Annette Nelmida, mother of blind para-triathletes Joshua and Jerome, and to Tom Carrasco for coordinating the delivery of the goods to the various NSAs, ”said sports journalist Lito Cinco, who initiated the project and teamed up with the responsible for the Carrasco triathlon, sports patron Alex Wang, Nino Sinco and Karen Tanchanco Caballero in the implementation of the project. The companies that donated were led by Cebuana Lhuillier, whose president Jean Henri Lhuillier launched the campaign with a seed fund of P 250,000, Foton Philippines, Asian Center for Insulation, F2 Logistics, the Philippine Racing Commission, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc., through its President, former PBA player Mike Advani, Philippine Couriers, Alaska, Gatorade and Nestlé Philippines. Government agencies that supported the coordination of the release of the goods were the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and PHILSPADA. “We still have ‘ayuda’ bags to distribute, so those who haven’t received one yet can contact me or contact Tom to coordinate the release,” Cinco said.