Last Sunday February 17, Bundaberg was the beneficiary of the generosity of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) – Church of Christ – “International Aid for Humanity” in Bundaberg’s recovery efforts from the devastation of Cyclone Oswald and the mini- tornadoes that hit the region.
The religious group’s relief work, also known in the Philippines as “Lingap sa Mamamayan”, was conducted from 9am to 3pm starting at the Bundaberg Civic Centre then fanning out to other parts of the region.
The religious group’s relief aid work was participated in by hundreds of INC volunteers who have come from various parts of Australia and some from the Philippines.
Some have even driven almost 30 hours from interstate to help and extend their helping hands to distribute goodwill relief bags and organize community clean up drives in several locations throughout Bundaberg.
In addition, the religious group donated $20,000 each to the Bundaberg North State Primary School and Bundaberg East State School as well as to the Office of the Mayor of Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman for the relief of flood victims.
The donations were handed over by INC representatives Glicerio Santos Jr. Minister, Central Office Philippines and Ranniel Serreno District minister Australia and Oceania.
The officers and members of the Filipino community group, the BDFAI or the Bundaberg & District Australian-Filipino Association which started 29 years ago led by its president Mila Schneider, met the INC volunteers at the Bundaberg Civic Centre.
Local Bundaberg residents most especially those that have lost their homes and livelihood businesses from the flood were there, and Mayor Mal Forman and the principals of the primary schools accepted the donations expressing their gratitude for the compassion and generosity of the INC’s International Aid for Humanity.