Typhoon survivors thank the Isle of Man

Typhoon survivors thank the Isle of Man

Typhoon survivors thank the Isle of Man

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Filipino families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan have thanked the Isle of Man for its support.

Angie Harris, a Filipino woman now living in Castletown, launched a fundraising campaign to help people on the island of Biliran.

When she launched the relief operation last month government aid had not arrived, despite it being declared a national calamity area by the Philippine government.

Mrs Harris said: ‘Thank you Isle of Man for thinking of these people and for putting smiles on their faces.’

So far, more than £1,960 has been raised. Led by her sister Edna Honor, family and volunteers, the donations have paid for food and candles which have helped more than 500 of the hardest-hit families.

The first 100 families received help on November 27.

‘At least even for just one day they can take away their worry of finding food for the entire family and shift their attention to some other equally important things,’ Mrs Harris said.

There have also been donations of clothes and other relief, five boxes of which are on the way and expected to arrive in the Philippines in April.

Mrs Harris, 40, who moved from the Philippines in 1999 and has lived in the island since 2005, said: ‘That’s the least I can do for the typhoon victims.

‘Even if I’m not there, I feel happy that I did something for them and it makes me smile thinking I helped people and especially kids too.’

A number of island groups and organisations have done their bit for the relief operation.

They include St Mary’s on the Harbour in Castletown, Sharon Rye School of Dance, Castletown Brownies, Michael’s in the Market, Promenade Shirts and the Red Cross.

Mrs Harris said she was still raising money because the typhoon victims will need help for a long time to come.

KASAPI, a Philippine organisation in the island, is co-ordinating the donations for Biliran

You can make a donation by bank transfer to KASAPI’s Isle of Man Bank account using the following details: Sort code 55-91-00, account number 12706779.

Alternatively, contact Angie Harris by calling 432022 or 822050.

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