Prayers, songs to highlight UP Cebu relief drive

UP Cebu alumni and students target 15,000 food packs to augment aid to Yolanda victims.

UP Cebu alumni and students target 15,000 food packs to augment aid to Yolanda victims.

Students and alumni of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are inviting the general public to an all-night event to collect more donations for survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

The event dubbed “1UP: The Yolanda Relief Drive” will be held on the school grounds tomorrow, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until midnight and will feature a solemn moment of prayer for those who perished during the storm and the ones they left behind.

Participants are encouraged to bring candle that will be lighted during the memorial.

1UP, organized with the Philippine Red Cross, will highlight the effort to pack 15,000 sets of relief goods for Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu, Leyte and Biliran that began Sunday, Nov. 10.

As of Wednesday, volunteers in the national university’s relief drive centered on the Arts and Sciences Building collected and sent off 6,000 packs of goods.

The countdown to 15,000 packs will be headed by the hosts of 1UP between performances by local bands and disc jockeys.

Participants can drive through and leave packs of relief goods using the 1+2+3+1 formula. That means each pack contains a kilo of rice, two canned goods, three packs of instant noodles and one liter of water.

Otherwise, they can step into the venue with a donation of P20 each and join the volunteers in packing collected goods.

While in the venue, they can buy goods to donate, avail of the services of concessionaries, or buy the works of local artists.

All proceeds will be used to purchase more relief goods, all of which will be distributed through the Philippine Red Cross and 1UP’s partner organizations situated in the areas hardest hit by Yolanda.

Netizens can use the hashtags #1UP, #YolandaPH and #ReliefPH to keep abreast of the relief effort.