The St Vincent de Paul has benefited from the calls to aid the Philippines, it has emerged.
On 26, the Maynooth Kilcock Lions club played host to the Philippines Honorary Consul, Mark Christopher Congdon, and officials at Farrell O’Boys’s Olympic Car Sales premises in Maynooth.
The Lions, aided by K Club and Maynooth Post Primary school and others, collected 50 tonnes of material, and had to postpone two departures to sort out the materials.
There was a huge response to food and clothes appeals, said Arthur O’Hara, Lions Club, who are sending the goods to the Philippines to be distributed by over 300 Lions Clubs in the Philippines.
As around half of the clothes were winter garments, not suitable for the warm Asian climate, St. Vincent de Paul stepped in to take any materials which were not suitable.
Non perishable food items and toys have been also collected.
At Olympic on 26 November, Maynooth Post Primary students, Trish Lacey (K Club), were in attendance to see off the goods.
Donna Bersola, an official at the Philippine consulate in Dublin, said there has been a tremendous response to the typhoon disaster. The ESB, she said, had donated €15,000 to the Irish Red Cross. She said officials had attended mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Celbridge the previous Sunday to pray for typhoon victims.