18/09/2014: FILAM ASSOCIATION OF LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA PRESENTS DONATION FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS
The Filipino American Community of Los Banos, California, led by its Vice President Gemma Faugier (2nd from left) ceremoniously presented a check for the Philippine Red Cross to Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. (3rd from left). Joining them are (l-r) Ms. Melchora Ruiz, Ms. Madelyn Hammersley and Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon.
Almost a year after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged communities all over the Visayas region, the Bay Area community, particularly local Filipino-Americans, have continued to provide support to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected communities in the Philippines.
On 15 September 2014, representatives of the Filipino American Community of Los Banos, California, led by its Vice President Gemma Faugier, presented their donation to Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. The organization’s said donation of USD 1,000 was collected from their fundraising activities, and will be forwarded to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to aid in PRC’s rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda-affected areas.
Consul General Bensurto thanked the Filipino American Community of Los Banos, California for their untiring efforts on behalf of their kababayans affected by Yolanda. “It is heartwarming to know that despite the distance, our community’s hearts continue to be with the Philippines,” he said.