Alpine Lodge is proud to be a part of the fundraiser for Fresh Water for the Philippines. It all started when just one month after the Bohol earthquake, Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippine islands (November 2013). While Filipinos were still in the process of rebuilding after the earthquake, the typhoon restarted the entire process. Typhoon Yolanda affected 16 million people; 4 million people were displaced, 1 million houses were damaged or destroyed and over 6,000 people were reported dead. Water systems in the areas affected by the typhoon are still in repair and the people are in desperate need for clean water. Many Filipinos are resorting to drinking unsanitary water which is only increasing the pressure on hospitals to treat the injured and sick.
The Fairbanks Host Lions Club sponsored a dinner and auction hosted by the Alpine Lodge & Finish Line Restaurant; and many local companies chipped in to help organize and plan the event to help raise money for aid in providing fresh water. The turnout was so successful, with great thanks to our caring and generous community, the event raised $19,000!
Yvonne Temple, General Manager of the Alpine Lodge/Finish Line Restaurant, also member of the Fairbanks Host Lions Club, has played a paramount role with helping organize and execute the fundraiser. She and her husband, Kevin, went to the Philippines in January to facilitate the implementation for the Fresh Water for the Philippines project. This is an on going effort and we look forward to hearing more updates as progress occurs. Please visit http://freshwater4philippines.com.wordpress.com for more details on their trip and information on ways you can help too!