Typhoon aid appeal success

Anthony Melendrez, who is heading up the fundraising appeal for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Yolanda which is being co-ordinated through Hartlepool People's Centre.
Anthony Melendrez, who is heading up the fundraising appeal for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Yolanda which is being co-ordinated through Hartlepool People's Centre.
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BOXFULS of aid donated by people in Hartlepool will soon be winging their way to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Scores of people in town who have been touched by the disaster in the Philippines answered an appeal for food, clothes, medicine and cash.

Enough donations to fill 12 large boxes were collected in just two weeks and will soon be on route to people whose lives have been devastated by the massive storm.

Typhoon Haiyan claimed 2,500 lives and more than 11 million are believed to have been directly affected.

Anthony Melendrez, who comes from the province of Mindoro and has lived in town for eight years, led calls for donations for the Hartlepool appeal.

He said: “I’m overwhelmed by the amount that people have given. We had an amazing response and we are very thankful for their generosity.

“All the Filipino people in Hartlepool won’t be able to thank them enough for the support that’s been given.

“We have got 12 big boxes that have already been prepared. The whole North East campaign has been really successful.

“The hospitals where a number of Filippino nurses work have been very generous

“We will be sending the aid to Newcastle and from there it will go out to the Philippines.”

Hartlepool Camera Club, of which Anthony is a member, supported the appeal and its base at The People’s Centre in Raby Road served as a drop off point for the collection.

Donations can still be left there but Anthony says the appeal now has enough clothes.

Tinned food, money, medicines and toiletries are still needed.

The drive for donations has been part of a Teesside-wide effort by the Filipino community and the charity Answering the Cry of the Poor.

Dad of two Anthony, 36, who is married to nurse Rizalina, 37, previously told the Mail of his heartache at the level of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan that has left thousands homeless.