Celebrity mom Andi Eigenmann and child actress Xia Vigor have both chosen to set up fundraisers for children to celebrate their birthdays this June. Supporting Save the Children Philippines’ 40 years of lifesaving work for and with children, Eigenmann’s fundraiser will support health and nutrition services for kids while Vigor’s pledge will provide learning materials for the incoming school year.
Child malnutrition in the Philippines is the 9th highest in the world with 1 in 3 children being stunted or too short for their age. Through Save the Children’s Project NURTURE, donations from Eigenmann’s fundraiser will help in monitoring the nutritional status of children 0-2 years old. This period is considered as a critical window of opportunity for their growth and development and if untreated, damages caused by malnutrition at this stage could be irreversible.
“For my birthday this year, I would like to do things a little differently. Being parents, our children are our priority, and I would do everything I could to give my children a bright future – and all the other kids, they deserve the same,” said Eigenmann in her video as she made a pledge to help children survive.
Ensuring the continued learning of children is the focus of Save the Children Ambassador Xia Vigor’s fundraiser. In 2020, 2.73 million learners were not able to enroll according to the Department of Education. Donations collected will support Save the Children’s Project ARAL (Access to Resources for Alternative Learning) and will provide children with materials that they can use either in distance learning or in school when the situation allows.
“I’m turning 12 years old this year and what I really want for my birthday is to be able to share the gift of learning with other children. I admire kids who are studying hard despite the challenges of this pandemic, so I hope to be able to help them through this,” shared Vigor.
These fundraisers are part of Save the Children’s “I Pledge to Save the Children” campaign that aims to raise funds for programs that will help children learn, survive, and be protected every day and in times of emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals and groups are invited to make a pledge to save the children by simply visiting Save the Children’s giving platform, selecting the program they wish to support, and setting up their own fundraising pages.
Save the Children Philippines’ Individual Giving Manager, Judy Malabanan expressed the organization’s gratitude to all the supporters and donors who have participated in the campaign. “Our work for and with children would not be possible without the support of our donors, and that includes everyone who have created fundraisers for us. It’s inspiring to see how even in these trying times, we are still able to come together for children.”
Other celebrities who made a pledge to save the children include Save the Children Ambassadors Liza Soberano, Katarina Rodriguez, and Ria Atayde as well as other supporters such as Pia Wurtzbach, Bianca Guidotti, Carla Lizardo, Adrian Lindayag, Vern Enciso-Lim, and journalist Angela Lagunzad, among others.
To donate or set up your own “I Pledge to Save the Children” fundraiser, please click the images below.