19 Nov 2013

Filipino community in American Samoa raise $34,000 for typhoon victims

7:04 am on 19 November 2013

The Filipino Community in American Samoa have rallied to raise $34 thousand US dollars for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A local radio station, KHJ, held a radiothon on Saturday, and the fundraising group was also helped by the business community.

The Chairperson of Operation Bayanihan for Typhoon Haiyan, Fe Fernando, says they are splitting the money raised between the International Red Cross, UNICEF and the World Food Programme.

Fe Fernando says they are moved by the outpouring of generosity and compassion shown by all those who gave money.

Aside from cash, donors also gave clothes and toys for children.

Yesterday, the local Catholic diocese held a special collection during Sunday Mass for the Philippines.

Bishop Peter Brown, who was visiting the Philippines just after Typhoon Haiyan struck, says the situation in hard hit provinces is destitute.