Coffee and pastries for worthy cause


A morning boost of caffeine and sugar Wednesday helped raise funds for typhoon victims in the Philippines. 

Full of Beans and Illy Coffee staged the sale of coffee and pastries at the coffee shop in Pasadora Place to raise money for those in the Asian nation still reeling from the aftermath of the devastation wrought by last month’s Typhoon Haiyan. 

“We are such a small-knit community and obviously if there is such a disaster as this, even a small donation will help. At all times we are looking for opportunities to help … We are part of the community and that is the reason why we are sponsoring the fundraiser,” said Martin Richter, distributor of Illy Coffee in the Cayman Islands. 

Toni Calumpang, who managed the food cart at the coffee shop, said that from watching the news on television, she sees that people in the typhoon-hit areas still need a lot of help. 

Arturo Ursua, an engineer living in Grand Cayman and the unofficial honorary consul to the Philippines in the Cayman Islands, was also on hand to answer questions on the status of those affected in the Philippines and the ongoing local fundraisers. 

“Several fundraisers are still going on. This afternoon, I am attending a dinner at the Pineapple Club to help the Philippines,” Mr. Ursua. 

He also thanked Full of Beans for its support, “The Full of Beans fundraiser was gladly organized by Martin Richter and we are were happy that he did this. We are trying to do everything we can to raise funds for my countrymen,” he said. 

Mr. Ursua added that much of the funds raised at different events had been donated funds to the Cayman Islands Red Cross.  

“All the funds that are being raised and given directly to the Red Cross are being handled by the Red Cross. We have a dedicated Red Cross in the Philippines and, as I understand, it goes from the Red Cross here in Cayman to the Red Cross in the Philippines,” he said. 

When it comes to recovery efforts in the Philippines, Mr. Ursua said from what he had read, people were still badly in need of relief in the Philippines. “There are really far-flung areas which are hard to reach and before the relief goods are reaching them, they are almost gone.” 

But Mr. Ursua said they were still thankful for what people in the Cayman Islands were doing to assist the victims and on behalf of those affected, he said a big thank you. 

“My objective now is to have these people get up and recover for this tragic calamity and I hope that people will still be generously opening their heart to all of the helpless victims,” he added. 


Customers Edson Canua and Judith Carandang, right, contribute to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, as, from left, Toni Calumpan, Arturo Ursua and Martin Richter look on. – Photo: Jewel Levy