Members of the Uckfield Filipino community are working with local friends and the town’s Catholic church to put on an event to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
A special meal is to be served at the Lourdes Hall at Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri Church on Sunday, December 1, at 5pm.
Tickets are being sold at £10 for adults and £5 for children aged five years and above and for students.
All the money raised will go to The Redemptorist church at Tacloban which is being used as an evacuation centre for some of the people who lost their homes in Typhoon Haiyan. About 2,000 people are taking refuge in the church and another 3,000 are in the church grounds.
One of the event organisers Anne Iral said she was grateful for the way people were rallying to help the cause. “Forever, we the Filipinos are in debt to England and the British people.”
Anne who lives in The Drive, Uckfield, with her husband Cesar, has two children at St Philip’s School. She works at a learning disability nursing home at Nutley and came to Uckfield seven years ago.
Her own family has escaped the effects of the typhoon but the families of others in the Uckfield Filipino community have not been so lucky. All have escaped with their lives but have lost their possessions.
Anne said that when she heard of efforts to help those taking refuge at The Redemptorist church she went immediately to see the Catholic priest in Uckfield, Father Stephen, who was quick to offer support for her fund-raising idea.
She has a contact with direct links with the Tacloban church so that money raised can be used to help meet the needs of those sheltering there.
Anne added: “Some Filipinos living in Lewes, East Grinstead and Ringmer will be joining us to share their food with the people of Uckfield on Sunday.
“We would like to show the community some of our tradition and culture in return for their help.”
If you would like to learn more please contact Anne on 07912302806.