An additional $10,000 donation from MSC Mission Australia has hiked up the total funds raised by the APBC Filipino Students Hardship Appeal to $71, 818. Founded in France during the 1850s, Missionnaires du Sacre-Coeur (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart) is known for development and relief programs that advocate justice, peace and integrity. Father Roger Purcell, himself a mission Ary of 38 years at the PapuanHighlands, heads the MSC Mission Office Australia.
It was a timely boost as the state of Victoria suffered a second wave of the COVID 19 crisis – the additional funds were earmarked for Filipino international students stranded in the state with little support. Approximately 100 students received assistance with their essentials through $100 grocery vouchers.
“It’s a time of great uncertainty and tight economic conditions, yet we received strong response from our corporate partners, members and friends.” said APBC President Eduard Alcordo.
“We are deeply grateful for this expression of support, empathy and solidarity,” he added.
The majority of donations came from corporate organisations cumulatively contributing $57,868 to the coffers. San Miguel Yamamura and amaysim donated $10,000 each while Macquarie Group, MUFG Bank, Rohlig Australia and Orora Group pitched in with $5,000 each.
A further $3,950 was raised from APBC members and friends.