Chiswick Help For Philippine Disaster

Raising funds from cake-sales and other events


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Churches and schools in Chiswick along with the nearby West Middlesex Hospital and the Microloan Foundation have started fundraising to help people in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Peter Ryan, Founder and CEO of the MicroLoan Foundation which gives small loans to poor women living in rural Africa, said that his organisation had previously funded projects in Bohol and Cebu, both of which were in the path of the typhoon.

Bohol was also the epicentre of a 7.2 Richter scale earthquake in October killing over 2,000 people and damaging thousands of houses.

‘We can’t help everyone’ says Peter, ‘but Chiswick has its own very special connection to the country and as the story unfolded I realised I had to do something to continue the work of a charity that has operated in the disaster area since 1987".

If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque marked PhilippineAppeal on the back to the MicroLoan Foundation, Lamb House, 2 Church St, Chiswick W4 2PD enclosing your name and address and letting them know whether you are a UK taxpayer. ; alternatively phone MicroLoan directly on 0208 827 1691 to pay online. You can read about their work at their partner organisation on :

West Middlesex University Hospital, which has around 200 staff from the Philippines, is to host a fundraising dinner on Wednesday the 27th of November.

A local chef will be joining the hospital’s ISS kitchen for one evening only to serve a traditional Filipino menu, and staff are generously donating their time to the event. There will also be a display of traditional Filipino dancing.

Tickets are available at £10 per head from the charity desk located in the hospital atrium every day between 9.00am – 5.00pm until the 26 of November. Please purchase tickets ahead of the event as availability is limited. In addition staff will be collecting donations at the hospital over the next few weeks.

All proceeds will be split equally between the Philippine Red Cross

If you wish to help the people of the Philippines, you can do so through the main Disasters Emergency Committee appeal:

A Cake Sale in aid of the Philippines disaster will be held on Sunday 24th November after the Sunday morning masses at Our Lady of Grace and St. Edward. Sr Lincy Sebastian would appreciate volunteers to help by either baking a cake or assisting with the cake sale which will take place at the Parish Centre. Strand on the Green Junior School also made buns and cakes which they sold on Friday to raise money.

November 15, 2013

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