Jerome Calleja wrote -
On November 16th, I will hold a raffle in support of a movement to End Poverty in the Philippines. Two hand-painted custom skateboard decks, signed by professional skateboarder Christian Hosoi, will go to the 1st & 2nd raffle winners. The winners have 3 decks to choose from. You don't have to be a skateboarder. They also display nicely as wall art. Only those with a confirmed donation will be entered into the drawing. Raffle drawing and winner announcment video will be posted on social media. Shipping anywhere in the world is on me. Runner-up prizes to be announced later. Minimum donation amount is $15 (tax deductable) but please feel free to give as much as you can. Donations of $50 or more will get two entries. Donations of $100 or more get 3 etnries. All funds raised will go to Gawad Kalinga USA, a Philippine-based nation-building movement whose main strategy is to mobilize and engage all sectors of society to work together to end poverty in the Philippines. They are also instrumental in quick response disaster relief and community rebuilding. GK USA is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. I have chosen to focus the funds raised towards "General Donations for GK-USA".
While typhoons are occasional major threats to the Philippines, the largest problem facing this nation is poverty. More than one-quarter of the population fall below the poverty line. Generations of families struggling to survive in massive slums are an accepted reality of Philippine society. Policies that limit international investment, government corruption, and insufficient resources to support a growing population has hampered economic improvement for decades. The enormity of change needed to make a difference makes this effort seem almost futile but action at any level is neccessary for change to occur.
Inspiration to help the impoverished Filipinos comes from God but also from those in the skateboarding community. Pro skater, Willy Santos auctioned a Hosoi Hammerhead skateboard signed by Christian Hosoi on eBay, benefiting Filipino typhoon victims. The image of the Hosoi skateboard placed on a Philippine flag left a huge impression on me. Realizing the similar design elements of the Philippine flag and Hosoi Skateboards logo (a skateboard brand recognized worldwide), I sketched out a design that would be the first of a series of 4 "Pinoy Hammerhead" skateboard graphics. Christian Hosoi gladly agreed to lend a helping hand as well as his brand. After many months of dust, fumes and trial and error, the custom skateboards are finally complete, signed and ready to make a difference.
From conception, I simply wanted to act on an opportunity that provided the ability to generate a much larger impact than a single personal donation ever could. Please contribute to my fundraising goal of $1,500. With your help, we can help make a difference for the impoverished and hopeless in the Philippines.
Thank you everyone for your support and God bless,