Mary and family act to help typhoon town

Mary and Ramil Rendon
Mary and Ramil Rendon
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Bury St Edmunds raised Mary Rendon knows only too well the horror a typhoon can bring to the Philippines.

In 2012, Bury Free Press readers rallied round to help the now closed charity Aid to Hospitals Wordlwide (A2HW)send essential supplies to Mary after a smaller typhoon flooded the town of Cagayan de Oro where she and her Fillipino husband Ramil work with street children.

They were on the edge of Friday’s typhoon so the couple have built a team with medical supplies to go to the worst hit area around Tacloban.

Mary’s parents Jo and Andy Conroy of Scarlin Road, Bury, have spoken to the former County Upper pupil via Skype.

In an email Mary wrote of the anguish of knowing that a friend was in Tacloban and the relief of getting a text from her.

She added: “We have been helping her to get news out to her family as communication is very difficult, roads are impassable and food and water is running out.

“People who survived the terror and tragedy of the storm are now struggling to survive among decaying bodies that litter the streets, destroyed homes and limited aid getting though.”

As well as supplies, Mary and Ramil’s team will take their own experience in dealing with a disaster.

Jo said: “They were doing a lot of relief work and, in particular, trauma treatment with children who had seen things children shouldn’t see — seen their parents killed.”

The work will be funded through the family’s own Conroy-Rendon Charitable Trust. If you want to help, either contact Jo and Andy on 01284 703339 or visit the trust website at

In addition, The British Red Cross is seeking volunteers across Suffolk to help with a bucket collection at Tesco stores for the Disasters Emergency Committee Typhoon Haiyan Appeal this weekend. Contact Suffolk Red Cross fundraiser Jane Dow on 01284 727247 or

Bury Abbey Rotary Club voted on Monday to give £350 for water and water purification kits for the area.

You can donate to the DEC appeal at or texting the word ‘DONATE’ to 70000, to give £5.