When Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on 8 November 2013 the personal plight of families was brought to life by former Sewing and Textiles student Rowena Troy, who still has family living on Bantayan Island.
Her brother Rolly’s house had the kitchen and dining area completely demolished and the roof damaged with holes and walls cracked. His fishing boat was also broken and blown inland. Rowena’s Aunt Lily had her bamboo and coconut wood house completely blown to bits.
At least they all survived without injury (6000 people were killed and 1.2 million homes destroyed). But now they have to re-build their lives – literally.
Sewing tutor Colette Dwyer said ‘As soon as I heard about Typhoon Haiyan I contacted Rowena to find out how we could help. My students were fantastic and together we raised over £400 to give direct help to Rowena’s family’
Rowena has been presented with the cheque and funds will be sent to Rolly so that he can re-build his home and business.