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MUSC comes together for Typhoon Haiyan victims

By Cindy Abole
Public Relations

Nine East nurse manager Leah Ramos, center, is joined by other MUSC nurses and employees in presenting a check for $4,548 to Philippine Nurses Association (SC Chapter) president Jeanette Muchauelas, fourth from right, to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Cindy Abole, Public Relations

Communities around the world reacted and responded in various ways to the devastation left behind in the Central Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on Nov. 8. To date more than 6,000 people were reported dead and almost 2,000 are still missing.

Almost 9,000 miles away, a team of Filipino clinical workers and employees rallied support from the MUSC community to raise money through a fundraiser to help typhoon victims and support organized disaster relief. The result was a collection of donations of more than $4,548.

MUSC’s Filipino community rallied together to quickly plan and organize a lunch fundraiser on Dec. 5 in the University hospital lobby. The group, led by 9 East nurse manager Leah Ramos, R.N., pulled together their time and culinary talents to prepare a Filipino menu including pansit, fried rice, lumpia (egg rolls) and an assortment of Filipino desserts. Donations were $5 a plate.

The group also managed to arrange pre-orders of meals that included delivery to all areas of campus. Pathology and Lab Medicine’s Frank Bautista was among several volunteers who successfully sold and delivered meals for this effort. Bautista sold more than 200 pre-ordered meals to his department colleagues and nearby departments. The group also accepted donations.

“The response from this fundraiser was extraordinary,” said Ramos, who was joined by dozens of Filipino employee–volunteers who served up plates of food, brought prepared items and delivered meals to employees during the lunch fundraiser. “The success of this effort is the result of the generous hearts and compassion of the people at MUSC. In the Philippines, we have a word in Tagolog, “bayanihan,” which translates to the spirit of community and cooperation. And MUSC truly has the “bayanihan” spirit.”

Nurse Trini Aldea, left, helps serve pansit during the Dec. 5 food fundraiser.

On Dec. 13, Ramos and MUSC Filipino nurses and colleagues joined her in presenting their check to Jeanette Muchuelas, president of the South Carolina Chapter of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. Ramos and the group decided to send donations from the fundraiser to the National PNAA which has partnered directly with other non-profit organizations in the Philippines to provide food, water, medicines, shelter and other relief to the Typhoon Haiyan victims.

To donate, send to PNAAF Typhoon Relief Fund, c/o Araceli D. Antonio, M.S., R.N., 42 Nelson Court, Daly City, CA 94015.

December 19, 2013

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