Camryn Bynum played at UC Berkeley from 2017 to 2020
(KRON) – In April, heavy rains and landslides killed at least 25 people in the central and southern Philippines, according to the Associated Press. Among the places affected was Baybay City in the province of Leyte.
This is where the late great-grandmother of Vikings security, Camryn Bynum, comes from. Bynum, who is of Filipino descent, is now leading an awareness campaign to help victims who were affected by the typhoon, including nearly 200 floods, which displaced around 30,000 families.
Bynum played football in Cal and has family in the Bay Area. He said he and his family will be in Leyte on June 17 for outreach. He is currently fundraising to help with disaster response, rehabilitation and preparedness for future disasters, adding his own donation of $10,000.
At least 20 storms and typhoons occur in the Philippines each year. Usually this begins during the rainy season from June, according to the Associated Press.
“Our main goal is to reach out, respond to all the destruction and be able to rebuild – whether mentally, physically or spiritually,” Bynum told KRON4. “Just go out and talk to them: all the victims. And ask how they are. Lots of people will distribute the resources; It’s a thing. We want to do more than that.
Bynum plans to be in the Philippines for a total of three weeks. He will also be in other parts of the Philippines working in a food truck to feed the locals.
“I want to continue to raise awareness and support in the future because typhoons aren’t just a one-time thing,” Bynum said. “This outreach will be the first of a long series that we will do in the Philippines.”
Give back to his people
Bynum said he had never been to the Philippines but still had “lots” of family in the country. Her great-grandmother grew up in Baybay City.
When he lands in Cebu, Philippines around Saturday evening, Bynum plans to hold several family reunions during their stay in the area. This will happen before they head to Baybay City, about a 7 hour flight from Cebu.
Since being drafted into the NFL in 2021, Bynum hasn’t been shy about representing his Filipino heritage.
“It means so much to me to be able to represent my Filipino culture in the NFL,” Bynum said. “It’s quite rare for us to be footballers. I feel really lucky to be one of the few (Filipinos) who play football, do well and stay in touch with my culture.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.