SPC Ardmona is sending eight shipping containers of canned food to typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.December 10, 2013 4:05am
SPC Ardmona fruit donation to the Phillipines Imelda Pummeroy, Geena Nash, Denis Gerrard, Bonnie Demetillar and Alicia Murphy
SPC Ardmona is sending eight shipping containers of canned food to typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.
The aid shipment has been organised with the support of the Philippines Consulate and the Goulburn Valley Filipino community, including a number who work at SPC Ardmona.
On Wednesday last week the fruit processor began loading more than $250
They will go to the region of Cebu, which was directly in the path of super Typhoon Haiyan when it hit on November 8.
SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly said after hearing media reports the company was contacted by the Philippines Consulate in Melbourne, which offered to find someone to receive the packaged fruit and vegetables in the Philippines.
Consul Virginia Kalong has arranged for the Rotary Club of Cebu to receive and distribute the products on arrival by liaising with the Cebuano Association of Victoria headed by president Alex Sy, who will be in Cebu to co-ordinate distribution.
‘‘On behalf of the Filipino community of Victoria, the Consulate would like to extend its deepest and heartfelt appreciation to SPC Ardmona and all who stand in solidarity with the Philippines and the Filipino people in this difficult and trying time,’’ Consul Kalong said.
SPC Ardmona worker Bonnie Demetillar was also grateful for the company’s help.
Her family escaped the worst of the typhoon.
‘‘What SPC has done, we’re so grateful to them, it will make a difference in the Philippines,’’ she said. ‘‘We are still hearing that a lot of people are in a hard situation without electricity, water and food.’’
The final piece of the logistics puzzle was transport, with Lemnos trucking company Kreskas Bros Transport offering to move the fruit from Shepparton to the docks at Port Melbourne for free.
SPC Ardmona operations director Denis Gerrard said the gift of food was tangible and immediate.
‘‘We’ve wanted to help the Philippines community since the typhoon,’’ he said. ‘‘People are desperate and they need something straight away.’’
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