WORRIED: Dottie and Onie Horfilla fear the worst for family in the Philippines.
WORRIED: Dottie and Onie Horfilla fear the worst for family in the Philippines. Austin King

Phonecall from lost family brings relief for Onie Horfilla

IT was a successful Sunday session, in more ways than one, for the Central Queensland Filipino community.

Aside from the success of relief donations from the public, at a charity concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the Horfilla family from Norman Gardens received the phone call they had been so desperate for.

Onie Horfilla last week featured in a Morning Bulletin edition when he didn't hear from his brother, who was caught up near the epi-centre of the typhoon at their home town of Tolosa, near Tacloban City, 580km south-east of Manila.

Last Thursday Onie and his family received a call from his brother in Manila that he and his family were alive and safe.

But their livelihood had been destroyed, CQ Filipino Australian Association president Joey Mora said.

Mr Mora wanted to thank the scores of business people and individuals who donated a number of raffle hampers towards the charity event at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on Sunday.

"The reaction from the community has been overwhelming," he said.



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