Phillipines Disaster Fund
We really made a small difference

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.Typhoon Haiyan, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,183 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.

FirstCare, as an Irish Nursing Home group caring for approximately 400 older residents have been in business for 20 years and have worked with staff from the Philippines during all of that time. We value their contribution to our company and our residents highly and have over the years shared their hurt and sadness when their homeland experienced various difficulties. We have also organised and supported fund raining events in the past on their behalf. With this in mind, FirstCare organised a Charity Event with The EM7 Filipino Band on the 20th November in Dublin to raise funds following the Typhoon Hayain disaster.

The evening was very well attended by all of the staff in FirstCare and members of the local community and proved to be a tremendous success. Residents and their relatives were very generous in their donations to the various donation box’s located in all of the 6 Nursing Homes and we owe an debt of gratitude to Mrs Mary Browne, who is a resident in Beneavin House. Mary very kindly donated her, time, talent and considerable expertise in making hand made Christmas cards which were sold in to families and staff in Benevain House.