Saudi-based Pinoys donate for Sendong victims

by Raffy A. Beltran, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Jan 25 2012 10:56 AM | Updated as of Jan 26 2012 12:58 AM

AL KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia -  More than a month after Tropical Storm Sendong (International Name: Washi) hit Northern Mindanao, overseas Filipinos in eastern Saudi Arabia continue to find ways of helping less fortunate kababayans affected by the calamity. 

The storm left more than a thousand people dead and an estimated P2 billion worth of damages. 
Filipinos in Al-Khobar thought of different ways to collect fund to donate to Sendong victims.
The Alpha Phi Omega Dhahran Alumni Association (APO-DAA), is one of the volunteer groups helping the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh for its “Embassy on Wheels” (EOW) project. 
During the recent EOW visit here, APO-DAA put up some donation boxes. 
The Order of the Knights of Rizal Eastern Province Community Chapter (OKOR-EPCC) did just the same. It organized an interschool sports competition between the three Filipino Schools in the eastern region namely, the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (IPSA), Al Jazeera International School in Dammam (AJISD) and Al Andalus International School (AAIS).
During the last day of the sports fest, OKOR-EPCC passed around donation boxes to the participants and those who attended the event.
Sir Oscar G. Paraiso, KCR, OKOR-EPCC Chapter Commander said: “I feel, being a Filipino, it is our duty to help the victims of typhoon Sendong.”
All donations collected by the OKOR-EPCC were donated to ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya.
The International Shutters Organization (ISO), a group of photography enthusiasts in the eastern region, also gave donations to Sagip Kapamilya.  
The group’s donation came from the voluntary contributions of its members. But their help doesn’t stop there. The ISO Black Team organized a Photoshoot for a Cause entitled “The Goddess of Trees” with nature as its theme.  The photoshoot aimed to raise additional donations for Sendong victims.
“This is the simplest way we can think of, to use our hobby—photography--to help the victims of Sendong,” said Janjie Rey Niog, organizer of the ISO Black Team Photoshoot for a Cause.
Kate Tolentino, one of the models at the shoot, said it was great feeling to be able to help in her own little way.
Peggy Carolina Miller, a Venezualan model said, “It feels incredible that I can help with something a little bit to these people who lost everything and I know how it feels because I came from nothing so its really amazing”. Peggy also donated for the cause.
Proceeds for the Photo shoot for a Cause were again donated to ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya.