From Griffith to the Phillipines 

THE Filipino community has praised Griffith's spirit of generosity as a container load of donations headed to the typhoon- ravaged country.

The 20-foot container, packed full of clothes, food, water, tents and linen, will arrive in the Phillipines on January 4 along with $5700 cash.

Nide Sergi, who initially feared for the safety of her entire family in the Phillipines, has since heard every one of her relatives survived.

Spectacularly, Mrs Sergi's cousin was rescued by a helicopter which found her suspended in mid-air, clinging to a television aerial, while her two children held on to her for dear life.

Mrs Sergi said she was overwhelmed with the news her entire family was safe and felt blessed her hometown of Griffith had risen to the occasion.

"Firstly, I want to thank the people of Griffith who made every effort to help during the tragedy, for donating their own goods and helping sort them before they went into the shipping container," Mrs Sergi said.

"I also want to thank Father Neru for collecting relief goods, Father Grace for letting us store everything in Magellan Hall and his cash donation, Cheryl the manager of Griffith Central for hosting our collection point, Casella Wines for paying for the container and Wayne Alpin from Patrick Transport for delivering it to Melbourne.

"The country is slowly getting itself back together but there is still no electricity more than a month later, so all the donations and money is sorely needed."

A member of the Griffith Filipino community will travel to the Phillipines to determine how best to spend the funds raised locally.

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