TWU Global faculty and students fundraise to aid typhoon devastation the Philippines

A charitable project initiated by Filipino-Canadian Ann Fontanilla, executive director of Trinity Western University (TWU) GLOBAL – Branches, to raise funds to buy boats for typhoon-affected families in the Philippines, has been highlighted by the Philippine Canadian Inquirer. Below is an excerpt:


While the world continues to win over the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines had to face another challenge after successive typhoons — Typhoon Quinta (Molave), Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni), and Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) — devastated the country in November, shattering properties and livelihoods of many Filipinos, particularly in Luzon.

Learning about the situation of their typhoon-affected kababayans, other Filipinos immediately came hand in hand to send relief, with most of them initiating various fundraising projects.

But such initiatives for the typhoon victims were not only happening within the Philippines. A fundraising project that began with an email from a Filipino-Canadian in British Columbia was able to raise funds enough to provide two fishing boats to the Filipino families in Dingalan, Aurora.

Ann Fontanilla, executive director of Trinity Western University (TWU) GLOBAL – Branches, wrote an email to her colleagues and some Canadian friends last November 15, informing them about the situation of some families in the Philippines after the successive typhoons devastated the country and left billions worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

“I was telling myself, ‘how can I help in my own small way?’ I don’t have much, but I probably have more than those people who lost their places and their homes. So I just thought of rallying some of my friends and co-workers,” Fontanilla told Philippine Canadian Inquirer (PCI).


Read the full article in Philippine Canadian Inquirer:
 
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