Fans of San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap organized a successful outreach event for victims of flood in the Cainta area last Sunday highlighted by the presence of the two-time Most Valuable Player.
Members of the King James Group of James Yap, a fan club formally organized just last June, came up with the idea of holding relief efforts for evacuees from flooding brought about by torrential rains in Luzon last month. The outreach event served as the formal launch for the King James Group.
For the event, the fans sought the help of Reena del Mundo, who handled marketing duties for the squad. She suggested the group hold a Soup Kitchen event, which is the feeding program of San Miguel Pure Foods Company that owns the PBA franchise.
With ingredients donated by the team as well as members of the fan club, the group brought seven calderos of arroz caldo to serve evacuees who were still living in covered basketball courts and unable to return to their homes. A total of 1,500 evacuees were from Barangay San Juan (Teacher’s Village District) and Barangay San Andres (Anak-Pawis District and Planters District) were served.
Yap himself led the serving of the arroz caldo, and gamely posed for pictures and signed autographs for everyone in the evacuation area.
Members of the King James Group also donated P5,000 worth of medicine, as well as three sacks of clothes.
After the event, Yap thanked members of his fan club for the opportunity to be part of the outreach program before saying goodbye. “5 a.m. gising ko. Dapat mag-practice nang husto. Mag-papa-condition kasi tumaba ako!”
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