Aussie students reach out to Yolanda survivors

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

THEY may be some 3,800 miles away from the Philippines, but their young hearts were certainly in the right place.

Students of the upscale boarding and day school Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia thought about the unfortunate condition of around 29,000 students in the Yolanda-stricken northern Cebu.

Through a modest pass-the-hat approach of fundraising initiated by one of its senior students, Chloe Leung, the student body collected a total of $2,500 (P112,000), which the school immediately transferred to the Aboitiz Foundation’s account via bank draft.


The donation comes with the thoughts and prayers of the Geelong Grammar School community, and our very best wishes to the Aboitiz Foundation as it seeks to assist those affected by such a terrible natural disaster,” said Geelong Grammar School senior chaplain, Rev. Eleanor O’Donnell, in a letter addressed to the foundation.

Founded in 1855, Geelong Grammar School is recognized as the leading co-educational boarding school in Australia. It caters to an estimated 1,500 students from pre-school to year 12, including student boarders from years five to 12.


Aboitiz is now working on the repair and construction of heavily-damaged schools in the areas affected by Yolanda in northern Cebu.

Aboitiz Foundation executive vice president and chief operating officer Sonny Carpio said the support of various groups from the private sector and the outpouring of
empathy from all over the world for the Yolanda survivors is very overwhelming.

“We would like to assure them that their help and support will go a long way,” he noted.

On top of the 200 classrooms committed for completion by the group, there are schools that are being sponsored by various partner organizations.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 14, 2014.


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