The United Filipino Organization’s fundraising drive for victims of last week’s earthquake in the central Philippines has so far raised $2,184.62.
UFO president Annamae Adaza said their group set up a booth at the Sabalu Market last Saturday and asked for donations during the 11am Mass at Mt. Carmel Cathedral last Sunday and later at the 6pm Mass in Kristo Rai Parish.
The morning Mass at Mt. Carmel Cathedral collected the lion’s share of the funds raised so far at $1,103.91, followed by $844.41 at the Sabalu Market and $236.30 at the Kristo Rai Parish. Adaza said a donor also gave 24 Philippine pesos at the Sabalu Market.
She thanked everyone for their donation and encouraged others to give by calling or texting her at 483-5237 or UFO secretary Mario Mayuga at 285-1021.
“For those who haven’t donated yet but are willing to give, please just let us know. It’s better to give than to receive, knowing how lucky we are that we don’t experience those disasters and calamities. We Pinoys have a big heart and always willing to extend our help to the needy,” she said.
While majority of those who’ve donated are Filipinos, a number of other ethnic groups like Koreans, Chamorros, and Carolinians also gave money for the cause, Adaza said.
Some 15 UFO members volunteered during the weekend fund drives.
UFO also sent solicitation letters to 15 businesses and individuals on Saipan.
She said the deadline for donation pledges is this Friday, as UFO will conduct the final counting of donations on Oct. 25.
The fund drive continues today, Oct. 22, at the Tuesday Market at the Garapan Fishing Base and again at the Thursday Market on Oct. 24.
For more information or to pick up donations, call or text Adaza at 483-5237 or Mayuga at 285-1021.
CNN reported that the death toll from the magnitude-7.1 earthquake in the central Philippines rose Saturday to 183.
Authorities said the massive quake, which struck Tuesday, also destroyed 8,600 homes, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The bulk of the casualties were in Bohol province. In an update on Saturday, the council said 583 people were injured and 13 remain missing.