Supplies for Manila schools

Kelmscott Primary School students with Evelyn Jeeves. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d411898
Kelmscott Primary School students with Evelyn Jeeves. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d411898

Evelyn Jeeves, a parent at Kelmscott Primary School, told Comment News she was in Manila when the first typhoon struck.

‘There was water up to the roof and cars and bicycles floating. It was so scary,’ she said.

Just days later when she tried to fly to her hometown of Bohol, the plane was turned around because an earthquake had ravaged the town.

‘The whole of Bohol was rubble, the runway was split, churches collapsed,’ she said.

She could not visit her family in Bohol. Instead, she flew 28 of them to Manila to spend 10 days with her.

Ms Jeeves bought them foam mats to sleep on and tarps for shelter on their return to Bohol.

Tragically, a super typhoon then tore through the Philippines. Her family members somehow remained safe.

‘I try to do my very best to help them,’ Ms Jeeves said as tears welled in her eyes.

She said she and her sister in Albany give what they could and the school also decided to pitch in.

‘The Year 6/7 students held a cake stall and raised more than $700 for stationery,’ school officer Kylie McRae said.

Two boxes of school supplies will be sent to Ulbujahan Elementary School, and Calape Elementary School where Ms Jeeves’ brother and his wife teach.