Solicitation Letter for the victims of typhoon ONDOY

September 26, 2009***

Anne Beryl Corotan

National Chairperson

SANDIWA, the National Alliance of Filipino American Youth

40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377

Dear Kababayan;

Our motherland, the Philippines was struck by a typhoon of unprecedented magnitude last September 26, 2009 putting over 26 provinces under a state of calamity. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released that the 85 kph typhoon “Ondoy” surpassed the highest 24-hour rainfall recorded in June 1967 in Metro Manila. The 15th tropical cyclone of the year made landfall on eastern Luzon Island from the Pacific Ocean Saturday afternoon and was expected to leave at 230 km to the northwest in Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning towards the South China Sea.

Continuous rains and flash floods measuring stories in height, forcing people to take shelter on rooftops left 280,000 people affected and exposed to the elements. These Filipinos were evacuated but many are still stranded and displaced with the number of casualties ever growing to proportions unheard of in Metro Manila with whole shantytowns engulfed by the floodwaters in mere hours. The onrushing water spared none. Automobiles and other heavy objects were carried along by the mighty current, with both affluent and poor families displaced leaving whole communities in chaos and untold amounts of property damage.  Migrant families expressed their concerns and worries towards their families and friends devastated by the calamity.

The National Alliance of Filipino American Youth, SanDiwa is the youth arm of a bigger alliance, NAFCON, the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns with member organizations in over 13 major states in the United States. These two alliances in collaboration with all its member organizations, individuals, allies and related coalitions are currently nationally coordinating relief actions to facilitate support and aid to the victims of the calamity.

We request for your kind support in making sure that we provide immediate relief to the victims by donating relief goods, most importantly medical supplies, clothes, blankets and other basic necessities to be sent back to the Philippines. The drop off center in North East will be at the Bayanihan Community center, the national office of NAFCON and SANDIWA at 40-21 69th St. Woodside, New York 11377.

If you would like to participate in NAFCON’s “typhoon ONDOY”-BAYANihan disaster relief and rehabilitation program please reach out to us by calling the center at 7185658862, Anne Beryl at 5169011632 in east coast or Ryan 6265344971in west coast. You can also email us at Sandiwa.national@gmail.com.

Thank you very much for all your support and let us once again relive the spirit of Bayanihan and together let us put forth all our efforts to ensure that not only our families and friends but all the people affected get the support they direly need from our kababayan right now. Maraming Salamat po!

Sincerely;

Anne Beryl Corotan

National Chairperson

SANDIWA, The National Alliance of Filipino Youth

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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