Filipinos Help Bushfire Victims

November 30th, 2019 · No Comments

When bushfires ravaged Australia, a group of Filipino community leaders leaped to action and initiated a bushfire appeal.  “It was time to give back,” they said. 

The group, Handog Pinoy, identified the small rural town of Bobin, one of the most devastated rural towns. Bobin is located in the mid northern part of New South Wales, 40 kms from Taree. It was one of the hardest hit towns, with 17 houses burnt to the ground including their local school. Contact was made direct to the Bobin community who indicated that their most urgent need was fodder for the farm animals. 

The townsfolk of Bobin said that they had enough food and clothes from donations. However, they did not have money to buy fodder for their animals. The grass had been burnt and their animals had nothing to eat. Providing hay for the animals, meant ensuring their livelihood.

Calling themselves the HaPi team  – for Handog Pinoy (a gift from the Filipino) –  monies raised was used to purchase 371 bales of hay which was delivered directly to Bobin town. Spearheaded by Mr.  Mao de Vera, the group including Ferdi Francisco, Dr. Cora Francisco, Atoy & Tess Sayas, Grace Alvarez and Toto Espatero  embarked on a 5 hour marathon drive to meet the townsfolk. By the time, they got there, people were already lined up waiting their share of hay.  Then, they shared heartbreaking stories over a BBQ lunch, and the HaPi team gave them a taste of ‘Hopia’

For the people of Bobin, the help from the Filipino community was timely and greatly appreciated. “The community of Bobin would like to say a very big thank you to the lovely Filipino people who came up from Sydney to bring some much needed hay this weekend.  It was a pleasure to meet you all, you brought smiles to many faces with your generous gift.  Feeding livestock is a challenge at the moment with so many burnt out paddocks that can’t be used  due to the damage.  Your donation is very much appreciated by our farmers.”

“It was a little amount from us but for them it was a BIG help. It was most satisfying experience,” said Mao de Vera. 

Thanks to the organizations who to date have answered the call for help: Philippine Australian Medical Association (PAMA), Aguman Capampangan of Australia, Bowler-Oz League, CRFCC, Filipino Cooperative, Mapua Alumni Association, Metro Sydney Golf Club, Pinoy Australian United, Samar Association of Australia and Timek La Union, along with other individuals. (See list below which is updated on a regular basis).

As of January 2020, total funds raised amount to $11,609.00 and a 371 bales of hay has been delivered in 3 installments between November and December 2019.

However, more is needed and donations for the bushfire appeal are still welcome. Donations may be made through direct deposits to:  Handog Pinoy – Commonwealth Account,  BSB 062 339   Account no. 1103 2537

A little hay for a little sunshine of hope.

For more information contact:  Mao de Vera – 0434 516 734 / Dennis Laxamana 0416 269 270.

Thank you to those who donated:

Alex & Rowena Agra

Erlinda Arocha

Drs. Raul & Arlene Amor

Josephine Aquino

Dr. Henry Avedillo

Jade & Marissa Bala

Aida Basto

Ninoy Batara

Amparo Bayongan

Ruben & Elsa Collado

Razel Cruz

Minda de la Cruz

Dr Cecilia Cuaresma

Marissa Daguhoy

Grace del Rosario

Manny & Amy Diel

Gloria Estrada

Michael & Josephine Ezzy

Dr. Roger Fabian

Ferdi & Dr. Cora Francisco

Danny & Tita Garcia

Owen & Lei Guarin

Miriam Habito

Jorge & Haydee Javier

Loty Jazic

Mercy Jones

Dennis Laxamana

Dodee & Dr. Alexis Leones

Tess Lopez

Rey & Marivic Manalo

Jose Manio

Alice Martin

Nene Mamone

Marissa Manoto

Bernadette Manthey

Lee Meekan

Theresa Mejia

Rey & Shirley Morcilla

Rosalie Ouano

Nelia Palmer

Danny Peralta

Espie Pogson

Juliet Ramos

Connie Ramsay

Melinda Rectin

Ramon & Len Rendon

Lillian de los Reyes

Tony & Malou Rivera

Ida Romagos-Hoad

Pabs & Lillian Roqueza

Cr. Linda Geronimo Santos

& Fiel Santos

Ananias Sarmiento

Dan Rhea Sarmiento

Atoy & Tess Sayas

Jon Siera

Engr Rod & Marlene Silvestre

Meg Simpson

Ethel Singzon

Normie Steward

Stephanie Tancev

VP & MM Tangon

Thomas & Ariella

Fe Torrecampo

Rowena Turnbull

Beth Turner

Benjie de Ubago

Mao & Dr. Ophee de Vera

Jess & Ludy de Vera

Alex & Helen Vazquez

Irene Villamar

Kenneth & Gen Violenta

Dr Grace Vizcarra

Nenita Weekes

Dr Zac Win Oo

Flora Wu

Charlotte Yuque

Carla Zammit

Evelyn Zaragoza �����

and the passengers on Aguman’s Cherry picking Bus Trip; the guests at the birthday of Mr. Manalo ; and at the Christmas parties of Samar Association and BowlerOz players.

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