Las Vegas bicyclists ride and raise funds for Yolanda victims

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 6, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – These bikers braved the cold and rainy weather in Las Vegas to raise funds for kababayans devastated by Yolanda in the Visayas. They say that this is nothing compared to what Visayans endured during Yolanda’s wrath.

“We need to make a sacrifice,” Lifetime Fitness Coach Pat Treichel said. “I’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of the people that have come out to be a part of it.”

“We say it’s a success,” Lowell Batara of 702 Shifters said. “We didn’t expect this many boxes of goods and medical supplies, blankets and perishable goods. There’s so much, and the monetary donations are awesome.”

Non-Pinoy medics are also in full support for the Yolanda cause.

“It’s good to see the support of the people even with this weather,” Cristina Martinez of AMR Medics said. “Stuff came together to do this good thing for everyone for the Philippine typhoon. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Former ABS-CBN anchor and fitness guru Chinggay Andrada said that getting help from the Las Vegas community is an overwhelming experience.

“We are hoping to do something for the holidays because I’m sure it’s not going to be the best Christmas for a lot of our Filipinos in the Philippines,” she said. “So hopefully we can do something just in honor of you guys. We are thinking of you, we are praying for all of you.”

Andrada added: “I know it’s going to be long process. But I feel like we are survivors. We have the courage and the strength to get through anything.”

“We have 30-40 cyclists who came out and supported and did 30 miles this morning,” Jude Reyes of 702 Shifters said.

Young and old came together to pack these boxes of medicine for the Visayas.

“Insulin, syringes, medicines, and some clothes, toys, and blankets also,” volunteer Adele Cabutotan said.

One kababayan said that they only have one wish, and that is for these boxes to arrive safely and be distributed to the areas most affected by Yolanda.

Meanwhile, Concert King Martin Nievera will be performing at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas on Dec. 16 to benefit typhoon victims through ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya Program.

Boxing champ, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is scheduled to be at the event.

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