BY LACEY NEMERGUT
On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as it is referred to in the Philippines, made landfall as a category 5 super typhoon, bringing sustained winds of up to an estimated 196 miles per hour. The storm has last thousands dead and millions displaced with an estimated $1.1 billion in damages.
“In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, I know many of us are feeling sadness and frustration for the people of the Philippines,” said Bentley University President Gloria Larson. “As we continue to see images on the news and hear stories from the residents, we are astounded at the scope of the destruction and suffering.”
Two students, Jade Scangarello and Johanne De Silva, both with Filipino ties, are working together to spread awareness and organize relief contributions. They have a monetary goal of at least $5,000 and are currently working with the Breakfast by Moonlight committee board, Residential Life, Graduate Student Association, RHA, and other eager groups to raise funds. The two noted that Harvard’s Filipino group raised $8,000 just this past weekend for the cause.
“Imagine having absolutely nothing, either losing loved ones, not knowing where they are, or not being able to give them food or water,” said Scangarello and De Silva. “These are the emotions that are hard for us to feel because we are halfway around the world, with our own daily worries. Our recent dorm storming fundraising though proves that if our students/community become more aware of what’s going on, we will respond and give back.”
On Saturday November 16, the two leaders and those they recruited for the cause did a dorm storm throughout the freshmen dorms and were able to collect almost $500 from $1 to $20 donations. Scangarello and De Silva have indicated that this is just one of many events to come in the effort to raise $5,000 and increase general awareness.
“We will be planning a charity event, hopefully right after Thanksgiving, where we will expose the Filipino culture through our food, Filipino students singing and dancing, and a presentation on the Typhoon,” said Scangarello and De Silva. “We want people to experience our culture and realize why it is so important for us to help as much as we can.”
If you would like more information or would like to help out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or GA_isa@bentley.edu. You can also like “Bentley for the Philippines” on Facebook for updates.
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