Members of the United Filipinos in Chichester have raised £1,906.23 to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Donations from the public have helped send nine shelter boxes to the affected areas and hopefully help to rebuild and restart people’s lives. Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster.
I spoke to Dennis Arguna about how the storm has affected the local Philippine community.
“We couldn’t just sit at home and watch the news unfold in front of our eyes. It’s a horrific sight, all that trauma on television. The community felt stirred to do something to help, even if our families are safe, we want to help send relief to other families. Most of the people in the Philippines now are homeless and we want to help them. Everybody is a victim.
A lot of people are criticising the government and saying not enough is being done to help. But I think the people who are asking these questions should ask themselves, what am I doing to help? Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this a successful event especially, the people of Chichester. The Chichester District Council has played a big role in the success of this event for allowing us to conduct such fundraising activity at such short notice. We are totally humbled by this experience and the kindness that we received from people from all walks of life, different races, and all ages.”
Due to the generosity of the public members of the United Filipinos in Chichester can no longer accept any more goods as they have exceeded their maximum capacity.