Kevin And Shirley Wong Encourage Others To "Rise Up And Help" During This Time Of Crisis
"As long as we do something good with what we have, we are in the right direction. No matter how big or small, this will make a difference. You are making a difference," he says
We've heard many versions of this saying throughout our days under quarantine: trying times or crisis can bring out the worst in us, or in contrast, can tap into the good in humanity, inspiring many to act as forces of inspiration and encouragement.
For husband and wife team Kevin and Shirley Wong, they chose to be examples of the latter.
"Our group, the Accredited Service Providers Association of PAGCOR, has always been in the forefront of every crisis or disaster. We are always ready to help," says Kevin.
Like tens of millions of Filipinos, Kevin and Shirley are also tucked away within the confines of their home, compelled to keep up with current events and updates on the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Like everyone else, they've watched the news day in and day out, but instead of simply mourning the state of the country as it grapples with the pandemic, they chose to sympathize with those on the front lines; they decided that they could, and should, do more.
"Since the lockdown, my wife and I have been watching ANC and DZMM all day long. Seeing the reach and the videos of the beneficiaries inspired us to realign some of our group’s donation funds and equipment to ABS-CBN's Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig campaign," he says.
Aside from the ABS-CBN initiative, the couple has also worked with Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
To date, their donations have comprised of 100,000 face masks and P10 million in financial aid coursed through Pantawid ng Pag-ibig, as well as meals given to hospital workers at PGH's COVID-19 ward.
They've also donated an estimate of 3,000 meals so far, as they have been providing 200 meals daily since mid-April, and will continue to do so until enhanced and general community quarantines have been lifted. Recognizing the heroism of medical frontliners in this battle against an invisible enemy, providing them with sustenance to keep their strength—and their spirits—up was what they chose to do to repay these modern-day heroes' selflessness.
Other beneficiaries include the Chinese General Hospital, Manila Doctors, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, and other institutions.
The motivation to be of help to fellow Filipinos comes from a place of deep compassion, Kevin explains.
"We have to rise up and help, whichever way it may be. As long as we do something good with what we have, we are in the right direction. No matter how big or small, this will make a difference. You are making a difference," he says.
As a final thought, Kevin tells Filipinos to trust the process and believe that in time, all this will come to a healing end.
"We’ve come this far already. We have to finish strong," he ends.
Photographs courtesy of Metro Society, additional photos courtesy of Kevin Wong