Tokoroa’s generosity appreciated
Haiyan, or Yolanda, as the Philippines named the super typhoon which struck the Central Visayas region of the Philippines last month, was the largest and most powerful typhoon to make landfall in world history.
My New Zealand family asked me how my family in the Philippines had fared during the typhoon.
At that point I hadn’t heard from them, and wasn’t able to contact them; and since they had been in the path of Yolanda I naturally was worried.
Eventually I got word from my parents, brother and his family that they were safe, their house had survived with minimal damage, mainly sheets of iron torn off the roof.
Fortunately their house is of concrete construction but neighbors and many others weren’t so fortunate.
According to my brother their houses literally blew away.
My brother Gerry Nicavera said that about 500 houses were destroyed.
As this town relies on fishing and is beside the sea, most fishing boats have been destroyed as well, which is people’s livelihood.
He asked me if I was able to assist, as people were without food and water.
My New Zealand family wanted to assist, in helping to provide relief to these people, and they made quite a substantial donation, which helped to buy rice, noodles, water.
Their generosity made me want to do more for the people of Tibiao where my brother and parents live, so in conjunction with a work colleague, Glenda Whare, we decided that we would set about fund raising.
Friends and work colleagues donated food etc, which we made up into a Grocery Hamper, another generous Tokoroa family donated a trailer load of fire wood, we sold raffle tickets for the Firewood and Hamper outside Tokoroa New World Supermarket over a recent weekend with the assistance of friends and their children.
The support we received was way beyond our wildest expectations, these two raffles netted $ 1,914.60, and this converts to $65,683.49 Philippine Peso which bought 41 sacks of rice. The rice purchased has been divided into 2kg bags this will feed 1025 families of 4 people for one day.
We would like to thank the people of Tokoroa and surrounding areas who generously bought raffle tickets or just made a donation. Your generosity is much appreciated by the people of Tibiao, Antique.
FUNDRAISING EFFORTS: Jenny Shaw and Glenda Whare helped organise the fundraisers in Tokoroa.
THANK YOU TOKOROA: Money raised in Tokoroa has helped the people of the Philippines rebuild.
HELPING HAND: The donations from Tokoroa is being used to help those in need.