Sisters Lyna and Marites Bonifacio raised $300 at their work

Langford staffers raise modest money to help others

Sisters Lyna and Marites Bonifacio raised cash to send home to the Philippines where it helped more than just one family

When Lyna and Marites Bonifacio, sisters who work at a Langford Subway, heard about the typhoon in the Philippines, their thoughts turned to family.

The women felt helpless when they learned their mother’s home, in a remote village, had been destroyed.

“There’s only floor left,” Lyna said. “They have to start over again.”

Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, slammed into the Philippines in early November, destroying cities and towns and killing more than 6,000 people. Since then there has been much international response and help as the affected areas rebuild.

In an effort to help from afar, the sisters put a jar on the counter at work asking customers to donate what they could to help.

The customers came through and raised $300, which the sisters sent back to their family in the Philippines.

“They were surprised, they were happy,” Lyna said.

The money they raised was intended for their family, who had other ideas. With the help of a third sister who still lives in the Philippines the money was used to buy enough food to put together care packages for upwards of 60 families in their parents’ remote village.

The care packages included rice, sardines and noodles.

“Even though we are victims of the super typhoon, they have the heart to share,” Marites said.

“I’m really amazed,” said Spencer Road Subway owner Vahid Manshadi. “Normally, if you received the money, or I received the money, we’d help ourselves. But they didn’t do that. They reached everybody, which is really amazing.”

While the sisters wish they could be with their family during this hard time, they also believe they have been able to do more good from Canada.

“I’m glad I’m here, to help them,” Lyna said.

Their ultimate plan is to help their mother immigrate to Canada.

 

The sisters’ greatest wish is to thank the people who came in and donated money to the cause.

 

 

Just Posted

Vic-Alert faces tidal wave of registration after tsunami warnings

City of Victoria system is free and provides early warnings of disaster

Langford, Royal Roads partner to keep talent on the West Shore

MOU will target talent creation, retention and attraction with official partnership

Tsunami warning an ‘exercise in precaution’

Warning for Greater Victoria called off shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday

Sirens don’t sing in tsunami warning for Esquimalt

Officials pleased with process, say sirens would have been activated had threat escalated.

Support growing for palliative care facility on the West Shore

Dave Saunders says facilities ‘bursting at the seams’

WATCH: Greater Victoria residents gather at higher ground during tsunami warning

Ocean Boulevard and the Esquimalt Lagoon reopened shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alerts customers who may be affected by latest data breach

Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it had been notified

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Most Read