CIÉ workers promise to make a weekly contribution to aid starving children in the Philippines.

Members of the the Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) social club known as the OK Club have committed themselves to making an ongoing weekly contribution of £26 in aid of starving children in the Philippines. The program will benefit 1,200 children who would otherwise die.

Chairman of OK Club, bus driver Dermot O'Keane is the enthusiast behind the fundraising for a project in the Philippines run by Columban missionary Father Declan Coyle.

This is an effort of direct help to provide food and nothing else, we don’t provide religion.

Dermot O'Keane appeals to other organisations to support the cause by sending funds so the money can be provided for eternity.

Father Declan Coyle spent five years ministering in Olongapo, Manila in the Philippines and buried many children who died from hunger related diseases. He likens the Filipino situation to when Ireland lost millions of people in the Great Famine, and greatly appreciates the fundraising work being carried out by Dermot O’Kane and the OK Club.

We’re alive today and they are dying from hunger in the Philippines, let’s do what we can and get those children, get them alive so they can eventually feed themselves. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 July 1979. The reporter is Jim Fahy.