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In November last year, Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Hurricane Yolanda, devastated Southeast Asia.
The Philippines was hit particularly hard by winds of 235mph and waves 20ft high that are thought to have killed over 6’000 people and displaced 4 million.
Survivors are living in precarious conditions with little food, shelter, water, and many have lost family members.
Les Roches is a wide-reaching institution, with students, alumni and staff who come from all over the world and have travelled all over the world, as well. Therefore, when Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, the community as a whole naturally felt deeply concerned. In the immediate aftermath, Les Roches community sprang into action to raise awareness and funds to help with the relief efforts, through its various contacts.
One of our Chefs Nick Anderson has strong connections to the Philippines having worked in the hotel industry there for 21 years, specifically in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Deeply moved by the images on the news and stories of the devastation, Nick wanted to help. He set up a relief effort (in association with LTB Chefs Association, Philippines) that involved collecting of clothing and medical supplies distributing them via the World Chefs Without Borders (WCWB) Aid Fund for the Philippines.
With the help of Les Roches students, staff and faculty, 350kg of clothes, toys and medical supplies were collected and shipped to Cebu.
Alumna, Evangeline Hayco (2011), who is actually from Cebu city, set up her own relief operation from inside the heart of the devastation and reached out to Les Roches for our assistance.
We raised CHF4’600 through collection boxes, yearbook sales, and an online wine auction – a rare bottle of Château Matras St. Emilion Grand Cru from 1970 was generously donated by alumna Sharon Süess (1985) & her husband, who were touched by Evageline’s endeavor. Our donation will be used by Evangeline to build 15 boats to help the fishing communities in the worst hit areas start providing for themselves once more. These boats, also known as “banca” are being built by a local carpenter and decorated by artists from the area.
Without the strength of community and giving on campus this would not have been possible.