26 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held an athlete outreach activity that saw ONE Championship athletes visit youth living in metropolitan Manila. In conjunction with Young Focus, Global Citizen co-founder and Managing Director Wei Soo and athlete ambassadors Angela Lee, Brandon Vera and Eduard Folayang spent time with children from the Smokey Mountain area of Tondo, Manila while spreading a message of hope and the importance of access to education.
Founded by Paul Wijgerden and Ann Wijgerden, Young Focus is a local non-government organization in the Philippines that provides underprivileged youth in Tondo the chance to develop themselves intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Through education, the organization addresses poverty directly by giving the next generation the best possible opportunities in life.
Lee, Vera and Folayang toured the area, met community members and visited Young Focus centers which cater to children from infancy, preschool, all the way up to the tertiary educational level. The founders of the NGO have over 1,500 children from the area participating in the program.
The athletes not only helped children of all ages in their various classes, from English to Mathematics, to Music and Dance, but also inspired them by sharing their own personal stories and reinforcing the importance of education. The day finished with a martial arts demonstration.
ONE Championship also invited 100 Young Focus students and staff to attend the “ONE: Global Superheroes” event on January 26, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila. As part of the partnership with Global Citizen to encourage fans to become Global Citizens and take action, ONE athletes will continue to play their part in driving this social movement and supporting local initiatives that provide access to education to tackle extreme poverty.
Here is a clip featuring the partnership between ONE Championship and Global Citizen: