AN ACT OF KINDNESS FOR CHRISTMAS
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Needed: contributions of any amount to raise $3,335.00 so that a five-year-old Filipino boy can live a normal life. This is Kenneth Mendoza, who lives with his grandparents in a bamboo hut with no electricity in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines... More ...

Needed:
contributions of any amount to raise $3,335.00
so that a five-year-old Filipino boy
can live a normal life. 

This is Kenneth Mendoza, who lives with his grandparents in a bamboo hut with no electricity in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines.

 As a small child, Kenneth was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, an intestinal disorder, which caused his abdomen to swell to alarming proportions and prevented him from defecating properly. His grandfather, Rey, sold his motorcycle and spent all his retirement money at the time on operations to save the child’s life and Kenneth, who is now five years old, has been living with a colostomy ever since. Just to give you an idea of the situation, the family are not even able to afford proper colostomy bags (14 each week) and so have been using cheap 4” x11” plastic bags used locally for selling sugar.

The doctors have said that by early next year, Kenneth will be old enough to undergo the operation needed to restore his bowels to proper working order. The operation will cost something in the region of PHP 150,000.00 (about £2,130.00/ $3,335.00/ €2,692.00), a sum which is totally beyond the family’s means. Rey Mendoza heard about Facebook campaigns to raise money and asked me if I could help him.

I didn’t have the heart to refuse.

So, to all my Facebook friends (and friends of friends), what I propose is the following:

Having now revised my initial idea of finding 25 people to donate £100 by Christmas, I have decided to simply invite anyone who would like to make a donation to do so directly through this FundRazr page, in US dollars (see the Contribute button above). You can contribute any amount from $5.00 to $500.00.

If everything goes to plan, Kenneth should travel to Manila in around March for his operation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details.

Thank you, 

Michael Fox

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