Thank You Letter From The Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines   (received January 22, 2022)

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Dear members of the Rotary Club of New York,
Typhoon Odette made landfall in the island of Cebu on the night of December 16, 2021 and the sound of the howling wind and crashing debris during the night while we huddled inside our homes will be something that we will not be able to forget easily. 
Amidst all the hardship that we are going through now in buying food & water, rebuilding homes and trying to get back to work, we have still been given a reason to smile. This is because the help that we have received from all over the world has really been incredible and overwhelming. 
From the bottom of our hearts, π“π‡π€ππŠ π˜πŽπ” for all the love and care that you have extended to the people of Cebu. 
Coming from Club # 6 all the way from New York, we are speechless that you are able to reach out to us.  Thank you so much!  πŸ™  
We will never forget your kindness and generosity.       πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
Yours in Rotary,
Jacob Ong
President, RY2021-2022
Rotary Club of Cebu



RCNY Letter To President Jacob of Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines:  

January 21, 2022
Dear President Jacob Ong of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines: 
With the Rotary Club of Cebu being the 2nd oldest club in the Philippines and being the mother club in District 3860,  the Rotary Club of New York has wired to your club's bank a financial donation yesterday. 
The damage caused by Typhoon Rai to the central Philippines is still being covered in the New York Newspapers and TV News. Cebu was really hit very hard. We have been following your Club’s Face book pages and the photos. Your club's remarkable relief efforts to the local villages are inspiring, and you have made us here in New York  very proud to be Fellow Rotarians.
Keep up the great work to your community.
Yours in Rotary
Members of the Rotary Club of New York,   Club # 6



It is so inspiring to hear from our fellow Rotarian from the  Rotary Club of Cebu.   Their club caravanned a relief mission on January 2 to villages severely damaged by Typhoon Ria.  While at times is was disheartening for these dedicated volunteers to see so many homes completely washed out or blown away by the typhoon, the RC Cebu distributed 2,000 food packs and 36,000 liters of drinking water, that was  donated by Virginia Foods Inc, and many other donors. 
Their convoy (their personally owned vehicles) of six SUVS, and four commercial vans traveled more than 150  miles (round trip)  to deliver the desperately needed relief goods.  Sections of the coastal highway were completely destroyed, requiring their convoy to detour to mountainous routes obstructed by toppled trees and low hanging electrical wires.  Remarkably,  the RC Cebu will undertake a third mission to this area again this weekend.  They are very thankful to the many donors that make their assistance possible, and any other New York Rotarians or Friends of NY Rotary,  can still  send a donation to Cebu by using our Club's website's PayPal account. It is on the left side of  our Home Page @   It is secure and very easy to use.  The help is really needed.

Rotary's Ad Hoc Central Philippines Typhoon Relief Effort

Over the Christmas Holidays, our Rotary Club has been in contact with President Jacob Ong of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines to Lend A Hand to Rotarians of Central Philippines. Similar to our Club, the Rotary Club of Cebu is the second oldest Rotary club in Asia and the Philippines, and is considered the β€œMother Club” in District 3860 that includes most of the Visayans Islands in Central Philippines.  (Rotary Club of Manila is the first). As such, their club has been assigned by District Governor Anna Bumagat to be the conduit to receive donations in kind or in cash to Cebu Island Area  to provide relief from the damage caused by Typhoon Ria.   
Humanitarian agencies have warned the true scale of destruction remains unknown, partly because rescue workers are unable to access some disaster-hit areas. It is estimated by UNICEF that close to one million children are lacking drinking water, sanitation, and housing due to to the Typhoon Ria,  known locally as Odette, this super-storm has now claimed at least 375 lives since it ripped through the archipelago late last week.    
Our Rotary Club of New York knows first-hand how quick and cost-effective "Direct Ad Hoc Club to Club Financial Donations" are.  When our city was devastated by the 9/11 Terrorist Attack twenty years ago, dozens and dozens of Rotary Clubs from around the world sent our Foundation donations, both large and small. Thanks to these donations, our club was able to provide vital assistance to hundreds of 9/11 victims, especially those that fell thru the cracks of our beloved city's safety net,  because of the generous Rotarians around the world.
Any fellow Rotarians that would like to make a contribution to the Rotary Club of Cebu  Ad Hoc Typhoon Relief Effort please contact Andreas at 
Editors Historical Note: Cebu is the island where Magellan first landed when Europeans first reached the Pacific Ocean and the Philippines during his famous 1523 Voyage, and humankind ascertained that the world was indeed round, not flat.  Magellan was in only in Cebu for a few weeks before was  killed in a skirmish that he instigated with local villagers by a poison arrow.