Help Mary deliver aid to Philippines flood famlies

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THE Philippines flood disaster may have left the headlines, but Bury-born Mary Rendon sees the suffering it still causes.

She reports: “There are 1000 people already in Calaanan, moved in the past two days – 200-plus families crammed in two per tent. More to keep arriving in the next [few] days.”

As we reported last week, Mary, a former County Upper School pupil, lives in flood-hit Cagayan de Oro with her Filipino husband Ramil working with street children. They are supported by her parents Jo and Andy Conroy, of Scarlin Road, Bury, through the Conroy-Rendon Charitable Trust, for whom such disaster support was too much.

But Jo works for the Bury-based charity Aid to Hospitals Worldwide (A2HW), whoich normally supplies refurbished medical equipment to developing countries but decided to send a 40ft shipping container of supplies to Mary. They asked Bury Free Press readers to help with the items listed below.

Readers have responded with donations mainly of sheets and blankets and a few food items, but there is still a week to get your donations to the Bury Free Press offices. Alternatively, you can donate money to the Conroy-Rendon Charitable Trust with which Mary can quickly buy vital supplies locally.

County Upper School will send £500 from its annual charity fund, which raised £14,852 in 2011.

Head teacher Vicky Neale said: “We always keep some back for unforeseen emergencies and anything former pupils want. This ticks both boxes.”

A2HW air freighted 22,000 water purification tablets. Mary said: “The tablets will make a big difference. It will be great to be able to make water safe. There has been diarrhoea and sickness from drinking unclean water but sadly people have had no choice.”