Donations continue to pour in for victims of typhoon Ondoy

October 14, 2009 9:29 pm 

Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 15 – Some SEK 4.4 million have been remitted to various charity organizations in Manila as donations from both Filipinos and expatriates in Sweden continue to pour in for the victims of typhoon Ondoy that devastated the country last week of September, the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm said in its report during the week.

The Swedish Red Cross donated SEK 2 million while the Swedish Pentecostal Mission and Development Cooperation Agency poured in SEK 2 million. The Swedish Civil Contingency Agency and the Swedish Mission Council donated SEK 420,000 and SEK 830,000, respectively. The Catholic Parish of Linkoping donated through the Caritas Manila a total of SEK 100,000.

The embassy staff shelled in their donations of SEK13, 400 sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) while members of the Diplomatic Women’s Club of Stockholm (DWC) coursed its SEK5, 110 donations through the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).

“It is heartwarming to know that many are willing to help our kababayans during this time of need,” Gracita Tolentino-Sieber said after collecting the money donated by members of the DWC. Ms. Sieber is married to a Swiss diplomat.

More donations are pouring in as the embassy launched a month-long fund drive to raise medical and financial assistance for the victims. A local company Swedish Match gave SEK100, 000 to the DSWD while staff at the Blackberg Service House donated clothes.

Letty Simpson, a travel agency owner, pledged to facilitate the remittance of monetary donations free of charge. Filipina artist, Cecil P. Tan, who has lived in Sweden for 30 years, pledged to donate proceeds of her artwork for the victims.

Meanwhile, Filipino community groups in Norway, in cooperation with the embassy in Oslo, will hold Bayanihan sa Bayan ni Juan, a charity show with Filipino, Norwegian and international artists for the benefit of the flood victims of typhoon Ondoy at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway on November 1.

The devastation brought by typhoon Ondoy caused the death to more than 600 persons and left millions of Filipinos homeless. (PNA) ALM/GHG/ghg

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