Memorial fund for Jastine Valdez raises P5-M in donations


Posted at May 23 2018 08:08 AM

DUBLIN, Ireland - Donations are pouring in for the family of 24-year-old Jastine Valdez who was abducted and killed in Ireland.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday (Philippine time), a GoFundMe page created to help the victim's parents reached €81,488 in donations, surpassing its goal of €10,000.

At the current exchange rate of P61.8/€1, this translates to P5,035,958.

In just 23 hours, some 2,911 people donated to the fundraising campaign and offered their sympathies to the Valdez family.

"I’m so sorry for what happened to your beautiful daughter. The Irish people are with you and you are in our prayers," one donor wrote on the page.

"I can't express how sorry I feel for the loss of such a beautiful girl who was quietly getting on with her young life," another donor said.

The memorial fund was set up by Outreach Ireland, a group of volunteers who are helping the outreach missions of the Philippine Embassy in Ireland.

"The Valdez family have lost their only child. They are facing a situation that no person on this earth should have to face," the organizers said in a statement.

"Any and all funds raised on this page will go directly to the parents of Jastine Valdez to help them in the weeks and months ahead."

Outreach Island said that a Dublin-based solicitor has offered help to audit the campaign and ensure all funds will be paid directly to the victim's family.

A candlelight vigil has also been organized in memory of Valdez, which will take place at the Clock Tower in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Valdez was found dead on Monday morning near a golf course in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, two days after she was abducted by a local man.

She came to Ireland in 2015 to join her parents who are now naturalized Irish citizens. - with reports from Roderick Garcia, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau