THE national association for differently-abled athletes has partnered with a mobile solutions company to set up a donation service for its athletes participating in international tournaments.
Alay Para Atleta was launched on Monday by the Philippine Paralympic Committee-Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PPC-Philspada) in partnership with Tide Mobile Entertainment Inc.
Using the mobile service, donations from P10 to P500 can be sent through text, charged to postpaid accounts or to be deducted from prepaid loads.
All mobile phone users can help by typing ALAYPARA followed by the amount and sending it to 3456.
PPC-PHILSADA president Michael Barredo said aside from getting funds, the support is expected to lift the athletes’ spirits knowing the whole country is backing them.
"Funds raised through this program will help provide our para athletes with equipment and basic needs that will support them in their quest to transcend their personal barriers to achieve excellence and excite the world," said Barredo.
"Above all, it will inspire them to know that the whole country is behind them in their dream to excel and bring honor to the country."
PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio, UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag and Hubert Cani of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws expressed their full support to the program.
"Nandito po ako para suportahan sila... I'm positive maraming pang honor ang maibibigay ng mga para athletes natin sa bansa," Patrimonio said.
The Philippines won 20 gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze medals in the Asean Para Games last month in Kuala Lumpur after a 16-17-26 performance two years ago in Singapore and Barredo believes the county will continue to improve.
"Our showing in Kuala Lumpur validated our long range plan which is to implement grassroots development program that will help discover new talents and harness our existing ones in order to create a bigger pool of para athletes," he said.