Huge thanks to Tarbert from Filipino community
TARBERT got a big 'thank you' from the people of a Filipino community struck by Typhoon Haiyan who benefitted from a recent fundraiser in the north Kerry village.
Anchor Bar owner John Quinlan and his customers raised over €1,000 in just a few short hours in a poker classic held in aid of a charity centre that was left devastated by the nightmare typhoon in the Filipino city of Tacloban.
In an extraordinary gesture, organisers and clients of the charity centre - the Volunteer for the Visayans (VfV) project - sent a personalised message by photo back to the Anchor Bar thanking John and friends for their great efforts.
Ultimately, it all came about through the work of local man Senan Fox. A lecturer in Japan, Senan spent part of last year volunteering at the Tacloban centre - just months before the horrific storm struck. An appeal he issued through The Kerryman captured John's attention at the Anchor Bar in December, who lost no time in organising the fundraiser, which Senan also attended while home for Christmas.
The funds are already providing a lifeline to the charity in its efforts to get back up on its feet - at a time when it is needed more than ever amid so many newly homeless.
"I have been informed by VfV staff members that the donated money was used to help repair their severely damaged neighborhood volunteer center, which serves as a vital free meal provider, school, drop-in center and headquarters for helping poor families in the area," Senan told The Kerryman this week. But the money went even further than that:
"The donated funds also contributed to the building of decent homes for the families of disadvantaged children."