T&C Surf raises more than 10K for Haiyan Relief
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 January, 2014 - Through the sales of their "Aloha Philippines" T-shirt, T&C Surf has raised $10,633 for the American Red Cross (ARC) – Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts.
On December 9, the company launched a fundraising partnership with ARC with a mission to donate proceeds from the "Aloha Philippines" T-shirt sales to the relief fund. Representatives of T&C Surf presented the check to Lillian Klein, the major gifts officer at the ARC at their Diamond Head offices yesterday afternoon. “Thanks to compassionate partner companies like T&C Surf, the people of the Philippines are putting their lives back together again!” said Klein.
Along with other local businesses, T&C Surf felt compelled to step up and help in the relief efforts. The Filipino community in Hawaii has been a loyal to T&C over the years. Many of their family members back home in their native land were greatly affected by the disaster.
Craig Sugihara, president and founder of T&C Surf, says "We express our sympathy to the people of the Philippines as the impact of Typhoon Haiyan has been devastating. At the same time, we are grateful to our customers who supported our fundraising efforts.”
The "Aloha Philippines" T-shirt incorporates Hawaiian words such as lokahi and kokua block printed in the silhouette of the Philippine islands. The nation’s flag featuring three yellow stars which represent the three geographical divisions of the country and the eight rays of the yellow sun which represent the original eight provinces radiates in the background. A limited number of shirts are still available at T&C Surf locations.