Community raise hopes for Phillipines
Members of the city’s Filipino community say they are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of Albany residents to help those affected by typhoon Haiyan.
A month after the storm struck the city of Tacloban, killing more than 5700 people, leaving an estimated 4 million displaced and a further 1700 missing, local business owners and individuals have banded together to collect food and water for the needy.
So far more than 30 pallets of non-perishable food have been donated, with the goal to fill a 40-tonne sea container that is expected to be shipped by the Red Cross to the Philippines.
Albany Filipino Association member Joe Camaquin, who moved to Albany from Leyte in 1979, said the public response has been “amazing”.
“I have family who were affected by Haiyan and the generosity of the people of Albany has been overwhelming,” he said.
His goddaughter Raylyn Hope, 20, grew up in Albany and has been using her passion for song to lift the spirits of people worried about their loved ones.
“My mother is Filipino and it is hard when it is so close to home,” she said.
“That is your family over there … but when things like this happen it makes you realise how much support is out there — you just don’t expect so much.”
To donate visit the former Snowball auction shed on lower Stirling Terrace between 4pm and 6pm daily.
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