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Friday, April 18, 2014

UFO fund drive for PH typhoon relief raises $1.5K

Officers and members of the United Filipino Organization smile for the camera at their booth where they received donations to help the victims of Super Typhoon Pablo (International name Bopha) during the Paskong Pinoy 2012 event held last Dec. 15 at the Garapan Fishing Base. (Clarissa V. David) The United Filipino Organization doubled its initial collection for the Super Typhoon Pablo fund drive, ensuring that more victims of the disaster would receive aid from the Saipan community this holiday season.

UFO president Bong Malasarte said yesterday that the weeklong fund drive, which concluded during the Paskong Pinoy event last Saturday, collected some $1,200 from the public.

Malasarte said that UFO decided to make a donation as well, bringing the total amount for the fund drive to $1,500.

He said a check has already been issued and will be sent to UFO members Boy Ching, Ed Reyes, and Leo Canedo who are currently in Manila. The three will present the donation to the Philippine Red Cross in the next few days, added Malasarte.

He said UFO is pleased with the success of the fund drive, having exceeded its target collection of $1,000.

The fund drive aimed to help relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Pablo, which hammered southern Philippines, killing over a thousand and with over 800 still missing.

Malasarte expressed appreciation to all those who contributed to the fund drive. “With Christmas fast approaching, UFO is very happy knowing that we were instrumental in providing help to our kababayans in Mindanao. We hope that through the donations given by people from Saipan, we would be able to make the victims forget what they have gone through even for just a while and give them reason to keep their faith and hope this holiday season,” he said.

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