‘Rainbow Warrior’ spirit supports the Philippines

(From left) UH Associate Athletics Director (External Affairs) John McNamara, Philippines Consul General in Honolulu Julius Torres, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, FilCom Center Chairman Edmund Aczon, and Consuelo Foundation President Jon Matsuoka gather in the Executive Office Ceremonial Room to rally Rainbow Spirit for the people of the Philippines. [photo: Hawaii governor's office]

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is calling on Hawaii to show its Rainbow Warrior spirit in support of Philippines relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.

Last week the Governor joined representatives of the University of Hawaii and the local Filipino community to announce that every ticket sold for the UH vs. Army home game on Nov. 30 will be matched by a $5 donation to the Filipino Community Center’s  ‘Aloha for Philippines’ fund, with a maximum donation of $20,000. The commitment applies to every ticket sold beginning today and up until game time, and is made possible by the generosity of UH supporters who asked to remain anonymous.

“We are encouraging UH fans to bring their friends and family to the
Rainbow Warriors’ final football home game of the season to boost
attendance in order to help those impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Hawaii and the Philippines share a special bond of friendship and partnership, and this event provides an opportunity to show our kokua.”

“We certainly appreciate this collaborative effort to provide support for
the Philippines, while also helping boost attendance for our Military and
Senior Night football game against Army,” said Ben Jay, UH athletics
director. “In addition to receiving 50 percent off all available seats,
fans can feel good about the fact that their ticket purchase will lead to
a $5 donation to the ‘Aloha for the Philippines’ fund. Mahalo to everyone
involved with making this wonderful initiative a reality.”

“At this time, the best way for people to help is through monetary
donations to relief and charitable organizations working directly with
affected populations; even very small cash donations make a significant
difference to families rebuilding their lives,” said FilCom Center
Chairman Edmund Aczon.

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