Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort

Mark Aquino, Staff Writer

De Anza College students are among those helping relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which occurred on Nov. 8, by collecting donations in the form of clothes, canned food, money, or volunteer work.

Frank Toliao, nursing major, said some of his family members in Tacloban were affected by the Typhoon.

“Six days after the typhoon had hit, we received word through Facebook that our family was OK,” said Toliao. “Their roof was detached by the typhoon, but no one was hurt.”

In an effort to help those in need from Typhoon Haiyan, students and Rowena Tomaneng, a former volunteer for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and associate vice president of instruction at De Anza, are holding events and donation opportunities for those interested in donating toward the relief.

“It would be beneficial to help as much as possible,” said May Tieng, business major. “Whether or not you’re Filipino, it would be great to support the Philippines in the relief efforts in response to the tragedy.”

Donation tables were set up in the Main Quad Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 25 to 27. Classroom visits are continuing through Thursday Dec. 5.

The Asian Pacific American Staff Association plans on holding a Holiday Benefit Event on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Multicultural Center in which all proceeds will be going towards the NAFCON USA Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort.

Donations can also be made online through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns on the De Anza website.

Information on how money is distributed can be found on the Letter of Appeal from NAFCON Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Program, which also is accessible on the De Anza website at www.deanza.edu.

Anyone wanting to volunteer or get involved in the relief effort can contact Nomaneng at tomanengrowena@deanza.edu.

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