People in Kirkcaldy are being urged to donate to the relief effort in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Sally Walsh, a member of PhilScot-Fife, which represents Filipinos living in the Kingdom, is organising the local campaign to collect as many donations as possible to send to those who have been directly affected by the disaster.
She is originally from the Philippines – she was born on Manila – and has family still living on the islands.
Sally has teamed up with Jim Buchan, manager of the Postings shopping complex in Kirkcaldy, to gather in goods for temporary storage in a warehouse underneath the Tesco store before they are transported to the Philippine Embassy down south and then on to the island.
Sally said: “We are looking for donations of clothes, foods in cans and packs – butno perishable foods please.
‘‘We also need medicines and medical products such as plasters, antiseptic creams, soaps and shampoos, can openers, plastic kitchen utensils, buckets, tents, bed sheets and toys are also needed.
‘‘We want to collect as many donations as possible.”
Sally is also looking for winter clothes which she hopes to sell for cash which can pay to transport the donations to the Embassy.
Jim said: “We were really pleased to help because we are a big part of the town centre. We have the car park here, so it’s easier for people to drop off donations.”
Ken Galloway, secretary of PhilScot-Fife, said: “The Filipino people are very resourceful, but they need help to rebuild the infrastructure; their houses and basic needs.
‘‘Thankfully, so far, we don’t know of any loss of life from the Filipino community in Fife but there are plenty of our members directly affected – relatives who are missing entire houses.”
Mr Galloway said the group, which has 160 members across the Kingdom, has already given financial donations to the Red Cross and more money has been pledged.
He added: “Any clothes donated should be for a tropical climate, so t-shirts, shorts and old flip flops would be ideal.
“Anyone wanting to donate cash should send it to the Red Cross.”