Student group and SussexFood raise funds for Filipino typhoon relief
By: Craig Ryder
Last updated: Thursday, 27 March 2014
A fundraising event on campus has raised money to support the Filipino victims of a devastating typhoon.
SussexFood collaborated with For Filipino, a group of Sussex students who have been fundraising for relief of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013.
Together they hosted a fundraising afternoon in January at the Dhaba Cafe in Arts C.
For the event, SussexFood prepared a special Filipino dish, Kare Kare. The creamy and spicy tofu noodle-broth was offered with a drink to create a meal deal.
SussexFood donated £1 to For Filipino’s chosen charities for every meal deal bought and £84 was raised on the day.
For Filipino, led by Yumi Yagishita and Ryosuke 'Masa' Masamori, were first approached by SussexFood as they raised funds outside in the miserable winter weather.
Yumi said: “Thank you to every single donor. We have collected £2,188.78 since last November and sent it to Philippine Red Cross and UN World Food Program.
"At the event with SussexFood I saw a lot of smiles compared to fundraising on the street. Donors were happy and enjoyed the food, so I feel this event brought smiles, not only to the Philippines, but also to people here.
"There are still lots of problems around the most damaged area, but I hope the donation helps the victims from the bottom of my heart. For Filipino appreciates SussexFood for giving us an amazing opportunity."
SussexFood said: "Well done to For Filipino. Their incredible commitment has resulted in an astonishing donation."