Fil-Am Groups Spearhead Relief Drive for Typhoon Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 September 2009

Reference: Ryan Leano, Secretary General, Sandiwa National Alliance of Filipino American Youth, sandiwa.national@gmail.com

Fil-Am Groups Spearhead Relief Drive for Typhoon Victims

SanDiwa National Alliance of Filipino American Youth and its mother alliance, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), with member organizations in over 13 major states in the United States of America, are spearheading a nationwide campaign “Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief” to help our Kababayans who were struck by the typhoon Ondoy (also known internationally as Ketsena).

Ondoy, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), surpassed the highest 24-hour rainfall in June 1967 in Metro Manila. This historic typhoon placed 26 provinces, including the National Capital Region, under the state of calamity and sent thousands of Filipino families onto their rooftops to seek safety from flash floods in only a matter of 6 hours.

“More or less 280,000 people were reportedly affected and were left hungry, sick, wet and cold by Ondoy,” said Anne Beryl Corotan, National Chairperson of SanDiwa.

As news, photos and videos of this epic tragedy reached the US, Filipino im/migrants could not help but express their concerns towards their families and friends back home who were devastated by the calamity.

“So as a quick response and as part of the alliances’ disaster relief program, SanDiwa and NAFCON will be accepting donations, specifically in forms of monetary support, medical supplies, clothes and blankets, starting today, September 27,” added Corotan.

Drop off center for the North East region will be at NAFCON and SanDiwa’s National Office, the BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th Street, Woodside NY 11377. Locations of other regional drop-off centers are still being determined and will be announced immediately.

For the first wave of collection, donors are requested to send in monetary support on or before October 3 to be sent to the Philippines for immediate assistance. Tax-exempt donations can be made payable to Philippine Forum, a non-profit member organization of NAFCON based in New York. Material support will follow mid-October and will continue until such time that the motherland has recovered from the damages caused by typhoon Ondoy.

“In this time of tragedy, we call on all our fellow Fil-Ams and im/migrants to extend a helping hand to our Kababayans. Let us do whatever we can — whether it be a fundraising concert, mass offering, or just simply donate your extra jacket or blanket to a fellow Filipino affected by Ondoy,” ends Corotan.

“Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief” will be facilitated with partner organizations in the Philippines, while at the same time, encouraging other organizations and individuals in the US to send back to the Inang Bayan. Collections and other related events will be monitored and updated at http://bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com. For more information and updates on regional drop-off centers, please call (516) 9011832 or email at sandiwa.national@gmail.com.

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