Used to be known mainly among volleyball enthusiasts, 27-year-old Gretchen Ho’s market has grown considerably since she became TV host.
But while she could’ve just basked at the newfound fame, her heart won’t allow it.
Happy as she is, Gretchen believes she must pay it forward right here, right now.
“Sa dami kasi ng blessing, I feel like kailangan maibalik ko rin ito sa mga tao,” she said.
To fulfill her goal, Gretchen recently partnered with World Vision as ambassador for health and nutrition.
At the contract signing, Gretchen shared, “I’m honoured that I was given this opportunity to aid in World Vision’s advocacy programs and activities. Malnutrition and diseases are very real threats to children and families in the country, which is why I’m giving my full support to World Vision by raising awareness on these issues and helping the cause.”
Of primary importance to her is giving a voice to the less fortunate.
“It’s easy to take food and water security, health, and nutrition for granted, especially since most of us have easy access to these resources,” she said. “Nutritious food and clean water should be readily available for everyone, but the sad truth is these remain a privilege that marginalized communities cannot afford.”
In the coming months, Gretchen will visit poor communities to find out more about their needs.
“Iba pa rin kasi if you actually interact with them. Iba kapag personal level ang communication mo with them, kasi it would help you better understand how you could help eh.”
Gretchen is concerned many kids eat solely to stave off hunger.
“Marami sa kanila ang kulang sa kaalaman about proper nutrition. ’Yung feeling busog lang okay na. Pero hindi eh. Kailangan ’yung lusog and you could only have that when you have nutritious meals. So, part of our work is to impart with them knowledge about food na mura pero nutritious and readily available where they are.”
Among other things, Gretchen will conduct fitness and sports clinics.
“Ito rin ang gusto ko sa World Vision. It is not just about giving people cash. Ibang level ’yung commitment. Hindi lang sila about food, they are also into proper education, giving time…
“Bilang ambassador, para kaming ate at kuya ng mga bata in the sense na magiging isa kami with them, mag-i-immerse talaga kami sa community.”
She will help enlighten the young ones in the responsible use of social media.
“Isa kasi ito sa medyo pinagkakaabalahan ng marami sa kanila so siguro I will discuss lang with them responsible use.”
World Vision Resource Development Director Jun Godornes was happy to welcome Gretchen to the World Vision family.
“Gretchen embraces our values with an open mind and heart. She really cares for kids and believes in people working together to give children a better future. She also embodies health and nutrition, and is someone who can empower and inspire people to action,” he shared.
Gretchen now joins the ranks of World Vision Ambassadors, which include Jasmine Curtis–Smith, Bianca Umali, Ogie Alcasid, Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos, Christine Bersola-Babao, CJ Hirro, Joyce Pring, and Marc Nelson, among others.
In celebration of its 60th year anniversary, the organization will hold the World Vision Run 2017 at the Cebu Business Park on July 16. To know more, visit www.worldvision.org.ph. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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