Julia Avila Sews Handmade Masks to Send to Those in Need
Julia Avila is much more than a badass cage fighter and elite athlete. Inside of the UFC’s octagon, she’s a relentless “Raging Panda.” But, the fans that support her know of her genuine intentions to aid in solving the world’s coronavirus pandemic. Sure, Avila could have reached out to a huge non-profit in hopes of raising funds. However, Julia took a hands-on path when it comes to the deficiency of protective gear for civilians and people at risk of COVID-19. Instead of purchasing masks in bulk and not knowing where they’ll end up, she’s decided to make them herself by hand.
Julia Avila Makes Masks for Those in Need During COVID-19
Avila was scheduled to face Karol Rosa at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2. However, COVID-19 put a screeching halt to the UFC’s plans of continuing to put on fight cards throughout the midst of the global virus. Although Julia won’t be fighting inside of the cage, she’ll continue the fight against supply shortages on the front lines.
“I can only do so many and local hospitals, at-risk individuals, and essential personnel are my priority,” wrote Avilla. “If you want to donate stamps, elastic, ribbon, fabric, or sewing thread, please message me. If you need masks, please message me with the quantity. Stay clean, fight filthy, we’re all in this together. Thank you to my sponsors for my fight, I am sorry that it has been postponed. But know, I won’t let you down and I thank you for always believing in me,” finished Avila.
A Heroic Effort
Avila’s intentions should be recognized and serve as a living manifestation of the phrase “Be apart of the solution, not part of the problem.” Her endeavors to make and donate masks from her very own hands is one of the most praiseworthy battles the sport of MMA has encountered.
Julia has vowed to not charge for the safety of those who require a mask. However, to continue those efforts, donations of materials could go a long way. Reach out to Avila on social media to obtain more information on how to assist her efforts.