Residents in the West Boundary have an opportunity to donate money to help meet the needs of Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines next Saturday, Nov. 23 as Midway resident Earl Lehmann will be at the Bored Room Bistro in Midway between 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lehmann explained that all of the money collected would be going to the Four Square Church in the Philippines.
“One-hundred per cent of the money collected will get to the church there on the island of Simara.”
According to Lehmann they had no deaths on the island but the infrastructure was compromised, meaning that the population is now at higher risk of disease.
Lehmann spent a month on Simara in January, working on their water system and housing. Lehmann and the medical team intend to go back again, although this money is needed now and will be sent right away.“_ e head lady in the hospital is a very good friend of mine,” said Lehmann.
Collections will be taken through the Greenwood Evangel Chapel and tax-deductible receipts will be given for donations over $25.
“Of course, any donation is gladly appreciated and accepted,” Lehmann told the Times in a telephone interview. “Since we have a number of Filipino people living in our Boundary Country, I wish to show them the kinship we Canadians have with them.”
Lehmann said he is trying to get this collection recognized under the Canadian government offer to match donations dollar-for-dollar. But his intent is that the money goes to help the island of Simara specifically and he reiterates that 100 per cent of the dollars collected will make it into the hands of the people in need.
For more information, call Lehmann at 250-449-2279.