Donations totalling nearly £6,000 poured in over the weekend for the Red Cross’s appeal for the Philippines, left devastated by typhoon Haiyan.
The charity had a table at the entrance of Tesco on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, and received many other financial donations too, including £958 through the shop.
Pupils at Brae High School raised £150, and presented a cheque to Shetland Red Cross representative Nicola Stove on Wednesday.
The Anderson High School’s social subjects department is also organising a collection, and church groups and workplaces are embracing the appeal by having bake sales and other activities. Red Cross money boxes have gone out to members of the public, workplaces and shops. Ms Stove said: “The public’s been fantastic. There’s been a phenomenal amount donated.”
Other donations have included two sheep, butchered at the abattoir, given to the Red Cross to be sold locally. Ms Stove said the fund-raising had been “a huge creative effort.”
However it got off to a shaky start last weekend, when it almost seemed as if there were too many fund-raisers at Tesco. A school group was bag-packing for their own funds, which had been arranged months in advance, in accordance with the store’s procedures, and on Friday evening Filipina women turned up to bag-pack too. Having bag-packed for around three hours they were eventually asked to stop by a member of staff, as it transpired they had no insurance. Ms Stove called it a “misunderstanding”.
She thanked everyone who gave up their time to collect last weekend, and added that the Filipina community would be collecting in Commercial Street tomorrow, coinciding with the start of Living Lerwick’s Winter Festival.
Other Red Cross events will be pub collections next Friday, a family quiz night at the Masonic Hall on 6th December and a pop-up sale, with a date to be confirmed. Ms Stove said that 100 per cent of donations to the Red Cross would go to the Philippine appeal.
In other donations, the Rotary Club raised £1,200 in a raffle at its cheese and wine party on Friday night, with proceeds going towards ShelterBoxes for the typhoon appeal (see separate story).
Meanwhile Robert Williamson, who was in the Philippines with his Filipina wife Edna when the typhoon struck, has set up an appeal to direct money to one specific area where the couple have connections. They have so far raised almost £300. Donate here.