MANILA — Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has raised $20,000, or around P1 million, as funds to bring food to families whose livelihood have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Gray, who launched the fundraiser on March 24 with the goal to bring sacks of rice to 1,000 families in Tondo's Smokey Mountain, shared an update on Monday about her project's progress.
"I can't keep the smile from my face," she wrote on Instagram. "Thank you so much to everyone who joined in donating towards helping feed the families of Smokey Mountain, Manila!"
So far, with the help of her partner organization Young Focus and other non-government groups, 790 families have received 15 kilos of rice each, according to Gray.
On Friday, 1,000 more families will be given the same, she said.
"Because of your generosity almost 2,000 Filipino families will not go hungry and be able to stay home to protect their families health as well as their own!" she told donors.
"But we don't need to stop there! Let's continue to reach more families in this time of need," Gray added, noting that a 15-kilo bag of rice costs P550.
Young Focus, the Tondo-based organization that provides free education for children, has long partnered with Gray in various initiatives.
In her Miss Universe bid, Gray gave significant attention to the efforts of the group, and raised funds for its programs during and well after her pageant stint.