Frank the “Crank” Camacho’s Crank Relief Effort: Help Saipan has gained a big response from Guam and will continue this week.
According to Camacho, during the drop-off last Saturday at the Custom Fitness LLC & Crossfit Gof Metgot, a lot of people came out and donated goods and other necessities for the victims of Typhoon Soudelor that ravaged the island last Aug. 2. He added that Guam Home Center also donated over $8,000 worth of goods, while Cars Plus Guam will be in charge of shipping the donated items, which will be loaded in a 20-foot container.
The mixed martial arts fighter is expecting more donations before the week ends, as new drop-off points will be announced.
“We will be taking donations at Cars Plus Guam this week to send out ASAP to our brothers and sisters in need. I just got word that the people need mosquito coils, batteries, flashlights, canned food, baby wipes, and bottled water. Please stay posted on my social media networks for drop-off times and location this week,” the 26-year-old fighter said in a message posted at his FB account.
“Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for the amount of support Saipan has been getting. A huge thank you to everyone for the donations that I will be sending off in a container next week. It is such a blessing to see the community come together to help Saipan,” he added.
Camacho launched the relief drive a few days after the disaster that hit Saipan and before he fought at PXC 49 that took place last Aug. 7 at the University of Guam Fieldhouse. He was pitted against Japan’s Kengo Ura and went on to dedicate his fight and victory against the latter to the victims of the destructive typhoon. Camacho earned a knockout win (punches) over his Japanese opponent just 40 seconds into the first round of their lightweight bout in PXC 49.
The KO victory was his 13th in 20 fights and 17 wins and the second first round triumph in less than two months. The first was over Japan’s Yasuaki Miura with only 34 seconds gone by in the opening round of the main event fight in Rites of Passage 18: Warpath held last July 3 at the Royal Taga Hall of Saipan World Resort.