Tralee's Filipinos rally to aid

Simon Brouder

TRALEE'S large Filipino community is rallying to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which has devastated the Pacific nation leaving many thousands dead.

Well over 100 Philippine nationals live in the town and its surrounding areas with many of them working at Kerry General Hospital and other private medical practices and clinics across north Kerry.

Since news of the typhoon's catastrophic impact broke, the tight knit Tralee Filipino community have been working to provide whatever support and aid they can to their families and friends at home.

Given the scale of the destruction the typhoon left in its wake, communication with home is proving extremely difficult though most of Tralee Filipino community's loved ones are thought to have escaped the worst ravages of the storm. It will however be many days and possibly weeks before all can be contacted.

A collection is already underway at Kerry General Hospital and street collections are expected to take place in Tralee and larger shops towards the end of the week and over the weekend.

The Filipino community is also planning a mass for those killed, injured, or displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.


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