“Hugs of thanks” from the Philippines to Switzerland
several fund-raising events for the victims of typhoon Haiyan,
Filipinos in Switzerland once again came out in full force on 23
November, this time to give thank you hugs to the Swiss.
Despite the chilly weather and
the light pouring of rains, they organized “free hug” events to thank
the Swiss people and other nationals and show the appreciation of the
Filipino people for the assistance given to the typhoon victims.
big Swiss cities such as Berne and Geneva gathered in central locations
with their banners saying “FREE HUGS from the Philippines”, “Danke,
Schweiz”, and “Grazzie Svizzera” to participate in the hug marathon.
In the Swiss capital Berne, Filipinos young and old alike, oblivious to
the pouring rain and freezing temperature, joined the hugging marathon
and approached passersby, giving them big hugs and thanks for their
donations, and for volunteering in the telethon fund-raising organized
by Swiss Solidarity in partnership with Swiss public radio and TV, SRG
Laurel-Bernhard, a Filipino married to a Swiss national who has been
living in Switzerland for twenty-four years now and who rallied
Filipinos to organize a hugging marathon in their areas, said, “This is
our way of thanking Switzerland and the Swiss people for their
generosity. They have given us so much. Through the Swiss Solidarity,
more than CHF17 million or the equivalent of close to a billion pesos,
was collected to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines.”
Some of those approached were even moved to tears, obviosly touched by the Filipinos’ gesture of showing their appreciation. END