MANILA, Philippines -- Ateneo de Manila University taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez is doing her part to help out girls in vulnerable communities that are feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Lopez, who won gold in the featherweight division of the UAAP Season 81 women's taekwondo tournament, teamed up with fellow Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Joane Orbon of karate and FundLife International.
FundLife has been providing food relief to affected families since March.
"As we all come to terms with the reality of COVID-19 and staying at home to save lives, I am choosing to stand with all girls who are not lucky enough to have food security, a safe shelter that is free from abuse and violence, and who are unable to access education," said Lopez.
To further discuss the program, Lopez and Orbon will hold an Instagram live session on Saturday at 10 a.m.
"I am using my platform #StandWithGirls and raise awareness for all girls who are living in poverty and/or are at risk of violence in the place where they should feel the safest — their homes," said Lopez.
Lopez, the UAAP Season 79 Rookie of the Year, took a leave of absence from Ateneo during the last academic year to focus on the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympic qualifying tournaments. She earned a gold medal in the women's under-57 kg division in last year's SEA Games in Manila.
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