HNL office passes donation on to Philippines
Brand new hooded sweaters originally intended for Samoa, are going “where its needed the most” according to Afimutasi Gus Hannemann, director of the ASG Office in Honolulu, after a business associate made the donation to ASG.
The Philippines was devastated this month by Typhoon Haiyan, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people, said Afimutasi, and ASG’s Hawaii office is contributing the 300 sweaters, which were already packed and ready to be shipped out, to assist with relief efforts in Haiyan’s aftermath. He added that that they are also working closely with Honolulu-based Philippine Consul General Julius D. Torres, who has been “apprised about our efforts” as well as the American Samoa Government, American Red Cross American Samoa, “ at the behest of Gov. Lolo Moliga in their efforts to assist the Filipino community with disaster relief aid.”
Torres’ jurisdiction includes Hawai’i, American Samoa and French Polynesian.
Meanwhile, the Governor’s Office is coordinating the ASG relief drive for the territorial government's donation to the Philippines. All directors have been tasked with putting together their own fund raising events. The local Red Cross chapter, whose honorary chairman is Lolo, is also collecting monetary contributions for the relief drive.