While the devastation and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has been heartbreaking to watch, the show of community support has been inspiring. People across Hawaii have come together for the greater good and to demonstrate to the world, and especially our friends and families in the Philippines, what the ALOHA spirit is all about.
The purpose of the Aloha For Philippines relief effort is to raise money for disaster victims and to lift up their spirits. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims — those who perished and their families they left behind.
A special thanks to the Consuelo Foundation, a Hawaii and Philippine-based charitable group, who was among the first organizations to make a significant contribution, pledging to match donations to the Filipino Community Center, of up to $2 million. True to your words, you have given all of us hope.
Thank you to all the community groups, businesses, banks, governmental agencies, public officials, charitable organizations, artists, chefs, entertainers, educators, students, and to the countless individuals who have generously contributed their time, money and energy to this relief effort.
To all of you, each one of you, mahalo nui loa. Maraming maraming salamat po. Thank you.
Aloha For Philippines