Leeds Trinity alumnus and humanitarian John Flanagan has continued to provide support to people in the Philippines whilst the country has been in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alumnus John, who spent 25 years working as a drama teacher in the UK and Singapore, moved to the Philippines in 2010, to dedicate his life to helping thousands of people affected by adverse circumstances. In the last ten years, John has helped more than 250,000 people through the provision of food, clothing and other materials.
The Philippines has been in lockdown since March, with many businesses remaining closed and public transport significantly reduced to a skeleton service. Despite the challenges of lockdown, John continues to support Filipino communities and is part of the country’s COVID-19 Task Force set up by local government. He is also launching an educational programme offering schooling in English with the intention of adding further subjects.
John said: “My charity efforts have been continuing daily but finances are stretched due to having no funding – and feeding programmes are not being offered due to restrictions. However, items such as medicines and vitamins are given out fairly often and I still see countless individuals and communities.”
To support John’s educational initiative, Leeds Trinity University contacted one of its local merchandise suppliers, Sheffield-based Formkraft, who have agreed to donate stationery supplies. More than 4,000 items including calculators, drinking bottles, backpacks, notebooks, pens and reusable bags will be sent out to the Philippines in January 2021.
Brett Arnall, Alumni Relations Officer at Leeds Trinity University, said: “I have worked with Formkraft since 2014 and they supply a lot of our merchandise range. When I mentioned the amazing work that John was doing in the Philippines, they offered their support without hesitation. I hear updates from John regularly, so I was ecstatic to hear that Formkraft were prepared to help him.”
Andrew Peters, Merchandise Manager at Formkraft, said: "We have a great relationship with Leeds Trinity University and when we found out about John and his amazing work in supporting so many people in the Philippines we really wanted to help him by sending him stationery that would provide vital equipment to help his education project."
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