Newlyweds Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez are going out of their way to help those who are at the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
On Instagram on Thursday, March 19, the pair revealed that they had set up an account to raise funds and provide urgent medical necessities, food, and other important goods for all COVID-19 frontliners and public utility vehicle drivers. This included health workers, military and police officers deployed at checkpoints, as well as tricycle, jeepney, bus, and taxi drivers.
Sarah, 26, and Richard, 36, set up an account via the online site Go Get Funding, where anyone can donate any amount they can.
Inspired by our friends who have been helping, we have decided to do our part and help out from our home together with our families and friends to raise funds to provide urgent medical necessities as well as food and important goods for all COVID19 frontliners (health workers, military and police checkpoints) as well as PUV drivers; tricycle, jeepney, bus and taxi drivers. We are hoping to raise enough funds to buy all of these urgent necessities to help people in need. Here’s the link to donate. 🙏 https://gogetfunding.com/labansacovid/ We are grateful to everyone helping us do this. Thank you, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Gutierrez & family Link in Bio
"Inspired by our friends who have been helping, we have decided to do our part and help out from our home together with our families and friends," they said.
"We are hoping to raise enough funds to buy all of these urgent necessities to help people in need," they added.
Dubbed "Laban sa COVID", the fundraiser also involves the couple's families, including their parents, Esther and Abdel Lahbati, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, as well as Richard's siblings, Ruffa, Raymond, and Elvis.
It can be recalled that Sarah and Richard postponed their much-anticipated church wedding due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. They eventually tied the knot in an intimate ceremony last Saturday, March 14.
Other celebrities who similarly set up an account to help those who are affected by the enhanced community quarantine imposed on the whole of Luzon include Bela Padilla and Maine Mendoza.
As of Friday, March 20, there are 217 cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 8 recoveries and 17 fatalities.