Typhoon survivor Keith in school funding appeal

14:09 03 March 2014

Keith Wakefield, who has had a miraculous escape from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Keith Wakefield, who has had a miraculous escape from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Archant

Typhoon Haiyan survivor Keith Wakefield is appealing for funds to secure the future of his language school, having passed 100 days since it was devastated by the storm.

Keith, who lived in Exmouth until six years ago, has previously told of how he and his Filipino family survived the destructive typhoon at their home on the island of Leyte in November, and thanked Exmothians for sending support.

Now, he is appealing for help to secure the future of the English Language Academy, which he runs in the city of Tacloban.

He said: “The school is not doing so good because the front of the building that the school is housed in is still not repaired and is all boarded up, so it is not good for business.

“I have managed to find a building that was not damaged by the typhoon that would be perfect for the school to revive and prosper.

“The only problem is that, because the school is the only source of income, I do not have the advance rent and deposit necessary to be able to move to the new building.

“If there is anyone there in Exmouth who can lend me £1,000 to make this possible, once the school is back up and running fully, I can pay back the money with interest.”

Keith says his school has helped hundreds of Filipinos to improve their lives, with one of his former students, Miriam Angeli Bayaya, a nurse, being chosen to show David Beckham around the area during a recent visit.

To contact Keith, email keithatela@yahoo.com

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:41

It’s ‘Flashback Friday’ and we found these pictures of Topsham station in the Exmouth Journal archives.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Mindless vandals sprayed graffiti on a live animal on a farm near Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:02

Devon saw an increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants during December – with East Devon recording the highest increase of any district.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A family has publicly thanked Devon Air Ambulance paramedics for saving their eight-year-old son’s life after his scooter tore his windpipe in a freak accident on Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Thu, 15:46

The number of recorded crimes in three out of four Exmouth neighbourhoods rose year-on-year in 2016, according to figures released by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Read more
Thu, 11:26

County planners have been asked to approve the long-awaited completion of Dinan Way at a meeting next Wednesday (January 25).

Read more
Thu, 06:30

The amount claimed in expenses by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire during the last financial year has been revealed.

Read more
Wed, 13:52

This stunning view will become the outdoor ‘office’ for the new East Devon Pebblebed Heaths’ conservation manager

Read more
Wed, 12:30

The hunt is on to recruit two new local youths to sign up for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course.

Read more
Wed, 10:28

An ‘unprecedented’ disaster that has left a lasting legacy in East Devon

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications