By Waylon Galvez
Jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa returns to the ‘battlefield’ – for a worthy cause.
Ochoa is joining an initiative started by her co-Poveda Batch 2008 alumni to raise funds via workout videos to fight online sexual child abuse.
The multi-titled national athlete said there have been reports of illegal activities by organizations using the Internet as a tool against vulnerable communities since the lockdown, which has been implemented by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Ngayon may lockdown tayo sa bansa because of the health crisis, and talagang maraming tao ang nawalan ng trabaho,” said Ochoa in a telephone interview with The Manila Bulletin.
“Now they’re very vulnerable to these predators (online in exchange for money). This project, ina-address niya yung ibang problems na meron yung mga tao like food package distribution.”
The workout fundraiser called “Sweat to Protect” will have as beneficiary the “Project S.A.F.E.” or Support and Awareness to Fight Exploitation, a community-based effort by the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries that targets the rising cases of child trafficking.
The area of Tatay, Rizal and Iligan City have been identified as targets for food donations, including the needs for lactating mothers and orientation regarding the fight against online sexual child abuse.
Sweat to Protect will feature a series of workout sessions such as yoga, high intensity interval training, dance fitness and jiujitsu fitness by Ochoa, who won the 2018 JJIF world title.
Aside from the JJIF, Ochoa also won world championship in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation for three years, gold medals in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 and Southeast Asian Games here last year.
The target amount is P600,000 for the fund-raiser, which aims to distribute 1,100 Safe Packages and 70 Enhanced Safe Packages to lactating mothers. Participants will also get a chance to win exciting raffle prizes.
To join in and get an active workout fix, parties can register to Project S.A.F.E. via the link bit.ly/projectsafe2020.