WATCH: Catriona initiative brings rice to 6,000 families, relief to blaze victims in Tondo


Posted at May 28 2020 06:27 PM | Updated as of May 28 2020 08:03 PM

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray expanded her coronavirus donation drive to also benefit Tondo residents who lost their homes in an April fire. Instagram: @catriona_gray, @youngfocusph

MANILA — Projects led by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray have successfully delivered rice to thousands of families in Smokey Mountain, Tondo, as well as relief packages to residents affected by the April blaze in the community.

Through an Instagram video, Gray reported the results of the "No Work, No Pay, No Rice" campaign of Young Focus, the same organization whose work she highlighted during her Miss Universe bid.

Gray, one of the group's most high-profile supporters, amplified the campaign in March, initially with the mission of bringing sacks of rice to 1,000 families affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Her initiative exceeded its goal, as she reported having raised P2.3 million, securing 65,000 kilos of rice and benefitting some 6,00 families, she said.


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Aside from the rice project, Gray also partnered with Young Focus to bring aid to Happy Land residents whose homes were razed in an April 18 fire.

Gray credited several personalities who donated items such as hygiene kits, packed food, face masks, clothes, blankets, and slippers. The relief goods were delivered by Young Focus to the affected families, as shown in Gray's video.

"From my home to those who have lost their homes, my not have physically placed the goods in the hands of those in need, but my hands played a part in passing on the kindness," Gray said, as she urged her followers to do the same — #passthekindness.