The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Students from Bucknell University’s Filipino Club headed by Vincent-Paul Manalo; the diversity committee of the Bucknell Student Government headed by Tina Tiongson and the Sigma Chi Fraternity joined forces in late November to raise money and awareness for the typhoon that ripped across the islands of the Philippines. Advisers from International Student Services (ISS) and Multicultural Student Services (MSS) were also involved with the event called: “Passion for the Philippines: a Fundraiser” held on Nov. 21. Students invited different individuals and musical groups to perform, as well as dancers from various clubs on campus, to help publicize the fundraiser. Judy Anne Romero, one of the organizers said “During the night we also had a moment of silence and Quinn Blanco and I talked about the situation in the Philippines which put things into perspective for the people who were there. It was short notice but heaps of people came out to support us, including a few faculty members.” She added, “Quinn and I are international students from the Philippines and so this event really hit us and it was imperative that we do something about it, every little thing counts.”
In discussing which organization to make the beneficiary of money raised; the students had conversations with friends who were actually affected in the Philippines, they were told that the Red Cross presence was great in the places that were hit the hardest. And so they chose to donate what would eventually turn out to be almost $1,700 to the American Red Cross.
Upon accepting the donation, Natalie Kuhns, SUN Area Chapter administrator and volunteer coordinator said, “This was a wonderful surprise for us, these young people deserve a great deal of credit; they worked very quickly to raise a substantial amount of money that is definitely needed in the Philippines.”