- Posted April 9, 2014 by
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Celebrity game for 'Yolanda' survivors
Four months after the devastating Super Typhoon “Yolanda” made mincemeat of some areas in the Visayas, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos was in Tacloban and understandably horrified to learn that people were still finding more dead bodies among the debris.
Additionally, she said that many people live under tarpaulins as roofs; that more than a million farmers continue to suffer after 30 million coconut trees were destroyed; and that about 30,000 small fishing boats were also destroyed or damaged. The UN was asking aid donors for $788 million but that just over $362 million had been raised.
Indeed, so many of our kababayans continue to suffer to this day not only from the ravages of "Yolanda" and other natural calamities but also from the pillage of public funds by thieving elected officials. It was for this reason that in a past column we cautioned then outgoing Consul General Maria Hellen Barber from participating in an exclusive send-off party not only because most Filipinos could not afford the expense but more so because the gesture would be insensitive to the misery and hardships endured by our countrymen especially the typhoon survivors.
Anyway, where some of our own folks opt for profligate revelry and elitism even amid tragedies of epic proportions, others more than make up the slack with compassion and selflessness. We've heard of heroic deeds during and in the aftermath of disasters. The help extended by foreign governments and fundraising efforts by many individuals and groups are likewise of the same category. One such humanitarian endeavor was a recent celebrity basketball game between Fil-Am Stars vs. West Coast Dreamers at the Cerritos College Falcon Gym in Norwalk, California. It is one in a series of fundraising efforts, event promoter Gino Q. said.
Emcee Clipper Darrell presented some of the sponsors, players and half-time entertainers during a press event held at the Mayflower Restaurant in Chinatown on March 28, among them: Josh Barnes, Taylor Stathan, Hunter Stathan, Taylor Tribble, Carlos Kennedy Knight, Michael "Airdogg" Stewart, Haneef "Young Hollywood," Andrew Allado, Austin Michael Coleman, Shantelle Serafin, Josh Levi, Jason Barnes and Lincoln Berridge. Proceeds were intended for the "Yolanda" victims. - Dionesio C. Grava