Donation of chairs arrives in Philippines

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GENEROUS donations from the Hastings Lions Club have helped the devasated victims of the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster earlier this year.

A pound from every race entrant at the Half marathanon in March was used to buy 120 chairs to give to a school affected by the disaster.

Last month the chairs were handed over to San Rafael National High School, San Rafael, Ilo Ilo.

The Hastings Lions had already spent 25 years collecting hearing aids to send to the Philippines.

The Principal, Faculties and School staff together with the students gathered together in their partially damaged covered court to witness the handing over of the donated chairs.

They have also prepared a short program for the activity and sang a song to thank those generous people in Hastings.

President of the local Lions group in Ilo Ilo Teresita G. Layson sent this message back to Hastigns.

“We were greatly touched and inspired to help more seeing the smile in their faces as they received the chairs.

“During our stay, we have noticed that some of their facilities, to include the said court and the mini stage where their school program was held was “roof-less”.

“The chairs that you have donated brought joy to the students since it would be of great help to them since their facilities were totally damaged by the typhoon Haiyan. On behalf of the staff and students of the San Rafael National High school together with our club, the Iloilo City Metro Lions Club, I would like to personally thank you for your generosity in sharing your blessings to those affected by the typhoon. May you continue to share your blessings to those who are in great need.”

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record killing at least 6,268 people. Wind speeds were recorded at up to a devastating 170mph. As of January 2014, bodies were still being found.