Toko­roa’s gen­eros­ity ap­pre­ci­ated

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By JENNY SHAW

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.

Pho­tos: GERRY NI­CAV­ERA

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.

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