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Anne Curtis Pledges 1 Million Pesos for the Children of Marawi
The actress matched funds donated by supporters when she ran the London marathon.
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Anne Curtis has announced she raised P507,249 from supporters when she ran the London Marathon on April 23. The celebrity advocate for UNICEF Philippines says she will match those funds, leading to a grand total of P1,014,498, which the actress says she will give to the children of Marawi.

UPDATED: Today I close my simply giving page at PHP 507,249.00 ????. Thank you to everyone that donated. As promised, I shall match this amount for a total of 1,014,498.00 PESOS (Thank you sa mga nag last minute donation) ???????? We reached 603% more than my target and I have all of YOU to thank! I’ve read each and every comment that everyone left on my page. I saw that there were people from all over the world leaving encouraging messages ???? Maraming Salamat po.. but the true winners here are the Children of Marawi. I was able to see photos from the Country Representative of @unicefphils Ms. Lotta Sylwander when she did a site visit and that led me to dedicate and fundraise for them. The aftermath of the war has greatly affected their lives. Their families have been displaced, some don’t have access to basic social needs such as education and health care. Albeit, this may be a small amount compared to what needs to be done but as I say, any help can go a long way. My sincere gratitude to all of you! Till the next one? THANK YOU a million times. . .????????????‍??????. . The artwork on my nails represent all the helping hands that donated and @unicef’s logo for Child Survival. Thank you @mimsqiu for doing this special request. ???????????????????? . #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure

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“I was able to see photos from the Country Representative of @unicefphils Ms. Lotta Sylwander when she did a site visit and that led me to dedicate and fundraise for them. The aftermath of the war has greatly affected their lives. Their families have been displaced, some don’t have access to basic social needs such as education and healthcare. Albeit this may be a small amount compared to what needs to be done but as I say, any help can go a long way. My sincere gratitude to all of you! Till the next one? THANK YOU a million times.”

And I did it! Finished my Second World Major Marathon ????. Time - 5:12. The @londonmarathon was my hardest race. The hardest to get into and the hardest for me to finish. Don’t get me wrong, the route is much easier than NYC but I did not expect the unusual London heat. The moment I hit 20km at 12:30pm. I had a hard time breathing, felt dehydrated, the sun was beaming intensely and at one point I wanted to give up (I know. So dramatic) but I knew I was running this for a cause. Running with a mission - For the FILIPINO YOUTH @unicefphils . As painful as it was, it helped me power through those 42 kilometres! I’d like to thank the Filipino Community here in London that were on the side lines cheering me on. You don’t know how much it helped me. Thank you. I’ve read all your posts and I’m so touched by your kind words. Thank you so much! Mistakes and new learnings were made on this run but I’m just happy that I crossed that finish line. @londonmarathon you were amazing and my first ever toughest run but I’m coming back for you when I’m done with the world majors!! Just you wait. #Londonmarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure ????????????????????????

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Curtis finished the marathon in 5 hours and 12 minutes. It was her second major marathon after she finished the New York marathon in 2016.

“The smile you make when you get to the home stretch. All the pain, the cramps, crazy thoughts, the shortness of breath disappear… You realize YOU’VE DONE IT.

The feeling of euphoria rushes through your body and the smile cannot be erased off of your face,” she said on Instagram and Facebook.

The smile you make when you get to the home stretch. All the pain, cramps, crazy thoughts, the shortness of breath disappear. You realize YOU’VE DONE IT. The feeling of euphoria rushes through your body and the smile cannot be erased off of your face. ???? I let the @unicefphils flag fly high and proud knowing that all the pain, tears and each of the 42 kilometers were worth it. THE CHILDREN OF THE PHILIPPINES ARE WORTH IT. I will never tire of doing what I can - whether a big or small gesture - to help make this world a better place for children. Thank you to everyone that donated! As of today, we have raised 381,707 and still counting on my simply giving page!!! I’ve read all the comments and I’m truly so grateful. From the bottom of my heart, a humongous hug and kiss to everyone around the world that donated. As promised, I shall match the final amount. All funds raised will go towards UNICEF’S response for Marawi Children ???????????????? Again, THANK YOU! #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure

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At the home stretch, Curtis held up the UNICEF flag.

“I let the UNICEF Philippines flag fly high and proud knowing that all the pain, tears and each of the 42 kilometers were worth it. THE CHILDREN OF THE PHILIPPINES ARE WORTH IT.”

Curtis’ husband, Erwan Heussaff made a one-minute video showing her marathon journey.

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