From left to right: Nick Barry Dela Cruz of Philippine Red Cross QC Chapter; Edphine Escandor, Ali Mall Operations Manager; Arlene Arada, Farmers Plaza – Bazaar Manager; Helen Valenzuela of JAAF; Michelle Marcelo of Philippine Red Cross QC Chapter.
Araneta Group and its social responsibility arm, the J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), have officially turned over donations for typhoon Odette survivors to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
In a turnover ceremony on January 19 at the Gateway Tower, representatives of Araneta City and JAAF handed cash and essentials like sacks of rice, bottles of mineral water, noodles, canned goods, boxes of face masks, medicines, hygiene items, footwear, and undergarments to PRC officials.
The donations were gathered through Operation R.E.A.C.H. (Relief Efforts of Araneta City-zens to Help). Through this program, the public were invited to put their donations in drop boxes located at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza, and Gateway Tower.
“We are happy with the outcome of our donation drive, and extremely grateful to our generous sponsors for supporting this cause. As we continue to reach out to our fellow countrymen, we also wish for their safety and recovery in these trying times,” according to Diane Romero, JAAF Executive Director.
Last December 27, JAAF and the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) gave a cash donation worth P500,000 to PRC for families affected in Visayas and Mindanao. Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Obenita and Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Hannah Arnold personally handed the donation to PRC Chairman Richard Gordon and other officials.
“The Araneta Group is grateful to work with the Philippine Red Cross in responding to the pressing needs of our countrymen. It is our honor to work with them in delivering the necessary support and public service, in whatever ways we can, in crisis that we face,” said Antonio Mardo, Senior Vice President for Operations of the Araneta Group.
Araneta Group has also partnered with PRC in providing accessible COVID-19 test sites to the public via the drive-through saliva test at the Araneta City Bus Port.