Students reach out to Philippines

Robert Hite

News about Super Typhoon Haiyan has not been in the headlines since it hit the Philippines in November last year. 

Some Wichita State students have not forgotten and are doing something about it through Project THOR (Typhoon Haiyan Outreach & Relief) Charity Banquet.

A fundraiser is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at University United Methodist Church, 2220 N. Yale.

Frisca Boentarahendr, an International Business major, is helping organize the drive.

“I love doing humanitarian stuff,” she said. “It’s my passion for helping people.”

The evening will feature food catered by Blue Moon Caterers, singing, dancing and other types of entertainment with 10 in all.

 Allen Tang is the emcee who will introduce the entertainment performers and students who will talk about how the storm affected them directly or indirectly.

The $20 tickets, which include a raffle ticket, are available through today by emailing Boentarahendr at [email protected] More raffle tickets can be bought for $1 at the banquet and a live and silent art auction are part of the show. 

She expects 80 to 100 people and about $2,000 being raised and donated to GlobalGiving and designated for the Philippines. 

“They help non-profit organizations there in the Philippines; food, medicine, clean water and shelter,” Boentarahendr said. “The recovery is the most important and we are trying to help out as much as we can.”

T-shirts are available in limited quantities for $15. 

Estimates are that the typhoon caused about $1.5 billion in damage and that nearly 8,000 people died, more were injured and 4 million left homeless. About 5.6 million people required food assistance and support to prevent food insecurity.

The United Nations appealed for $800 million in immediate critical aid for shelter, education, agriculture and protection with less than half that amount being raised so far.