|Fr. Monching Atanacio (center) with the heads of Filipino Organizations. Photo courtesy of Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau
KUWAIT CITY - Filipino organizations and individuals launched on Wednesday a fund drive to help over two million people who were affected by the floods in Metro Manila and other nearby provinces in the Philippines.
Those who attended the meeting, spearheaded by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Monching Atanacio at the Holy Family Cathedral in Kuwait City, agreed unanimously that cash donations from various groups and individuals is the easiest and fastest way to extend help to flood victims who were left homeless and with no food due to the incessant heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon.
"Nanawagan ako sa lahat ng ating kababayan na naririto sa Kuwait na sana'y buksan natin ang puso’t isipan upang tayo’y makatulong ng malaki sa mga nangangailangan na ngayon, mga kapwa natin na nasalanta ng kalamidad," Fr. Monching said.
Those who want to hand in their cash donations may give it through their respective organizations or directly call Fr. Monching at 60494080.
The Filipino organizations agreed that all cash donations collected will be sent to the Philippines thru the Archdiocese of Manila.
Meanwhile, the Pinoy Ambulance Nurses in Kuwait (PANIK) volunteered to oversee the donation of relief goods.
“Kami po sa PANIK, Pinoy Ambulance Nurses in Kuwait, ay nakikiisa sa layuning makatulong sa ating mga kababayan na nasalanta ng pagbaha. Sa ating mga kababayan na nais na magbigay ay open arms kami na tatanggap na ibibigay ninyong damit o canned goods. Pwede po kayong makipag coordinate sa amin sa Pinoy Ambulance Nurses in Kuwait sa numero 66354184,” PANIK President Hengie Taton said.
On the other hand, some individuals and other Filipino organizations have also come up with activities to raise funds for the flood victims.
Filipino stylist Marlon Aquino Malinao and Filipino photographer Henry Feolino with other Filipino photographers launched on Tuesday the “MARvelous Make-up for a Cause” for the flood victims.
"All proceeds of this 'Make-up for a Cause' will be donated to the Sagip Kapamilya. We just can’t sit and watch all our poor kababayan in the Philippines. In our own small way, let’s share our time and talents and try our best to help," Malinao said.
Meanwhile, the Pinoy Digital Photographers in Kuwait (PINDOT) will be holding a Photoshoot for Cause.
“Ang Pinoy Digital Photographers in Kuwait ay magkakaroon ng Photoshoot for a cause sa darating na Linggo August 19, kaya iniimbitahan po namin iyong mga kababayan natin na mahilig sa photography o mahilig pumindot na makiisa sa amin,” said PINDOT President Rico Canosa.
Those who want to join the “PINDOT Photoshoot for a Cause” may contact any of the PINDOT officers and members on www.pindotgroup.com.