Pinoys in Nevada go biking to raise funds for typhoon-hit Visayas

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 06 2013 05:05 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2013 01:05 AM

LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of Filipinos in southern Nevada went biking to raise funds and collect items for Filipinos affected by the super typhoon "Yolanda" in the Visayas.

Bikers braved cold and rainy weather to raise funds Filipinos who are suffering in the aftermath of "Yolanda."
They said that this is nothing compared to what Visayans endured.

"The Filipino people couldn't postpone the typhoon so we need to have a little sacrifice and I've been overwhelmed with the outpouring of the people that have come out to be a part of it," said Pat Treichel, a Lifetime Fitness coach.

"We say it's a success madami kaming na raise na hindi namin ini-expect na ganun kadaming boxes of goods and medical supplies, mga blankets and perishable goods. Ganun kadami tapos yung monetary donations are awesome," said Lowell Batara of 702 Shifters.

Non-Filipino medics are also in full support for the Yolanda cause.

"It's good to see the support of the people even with this weather and came together to do this good thing for everyone, for the Philippine typhoon. I'm just glad to be a part of it," said Cristina Martinez of AMR (American Medical Response) Medics.

Former ABS-CBN anchor and fitness guru Chinggay Andrada said the outpouring of help from the Las Vegas community is an overwhelming experience.

"We are hoping to do something for the holidays coz I'm sure it's not gonna be the best Christmas for a lot of our Filipinos in the Philippines. Hopefully, we can do something just to… in honor of you guys. We are thinking of you. We are praying for all of you. I know it's gonna be a long process. It's gonna be very sad the next couple of holidays and maybe the next couple of months but I feel like we are survivors. We have the courage and the strength to get through anything," she said.

Jude Reyes of 702 Shifters said about 30- 40 cyclists came and supported the event.

Young and old come together to pack boxes of medicine, which will be sent to the Visayas.

"Mga insulin syringes, medicines and some clothes and toys and blankets also and canned goods," said volunteer Adele Cabutotan.

A Filipino said that they only have one wish and that is for the boxes to arrive safely and be distributed to the those most in need.

Meanwhile, concert king Martin Nievera will be performing at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas on December 16. Proceeds will go to Sagip Kapamilya's operation Yolanda.

Boxing champ Nonito Donaire Jr. is scheduled to be at this event.