November 28, 2022

DESPITE her busy schedule preparing for qualifying tournaments for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the donation drive of weightlifting equipment continues for Tokyo Olympics champion Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo.

This time, the beneficiaries are weightlifters from Cebu.

Last week, Diaz-Naranjo went to Cebu and distributed weightlifting equipment to four weightlifting gyms.

With the help of AirAsia, which transported the equipment from Manila to Cebu, the team of Diaz-Naranjo donated weightlifting equipment to the Sisters of Mary Boys Town in Talisay, Consolacion Weightlifting Gym, Carreta Weightlifting Gym and University of Cebu.

“It’s 660 days before the Paris Olympics and we have completed Phase 3 of #TeamHD grassroots initiative in Cebu,” said the country’s first and only Olympic gold medalist. “We thanked all those who supported and believed in our mission.”

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Mazda Cebu provided help by lending trucks for the transportation of heavy weightlifting equipment from the Mactan airport to four separate destinations in Cebu. SpartPH provided support for the purchase of equipment from Diaz’s financial rewards she received following her Tokyo Olympics victory.

For Phase 1, the 31-year-old weightlifter made donations to the Philippine Army, Navy and Air Force.

For Phase 2, weightlifting gears were distributed at the Manila Weightlifting Club in Tondo, Borromeo Weightlifting Club in Taguig City, and Dasmarinas Weightlifting Club in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

“I’m happy that we are now in Phase 3,” said Diaz-Naranjo, who also thanked his coach/husband Julius Irvin Hikaru Naranjo for supporting her mission to help fledgling lifters and promote the sport of weightlifting in the country.