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Northern Nevadans walk for Philippines typhoon victims

By ThisIsReno

RAJAN ZED NEWS RELEASE

Some of the participants gather just before the walk. Behind the banner are Rajan Zed (2nd from left) and GienieMae Camacho Oquendo (3rd from left).

Some of the participants gather just before the walk. Behind the banner are Rajan Zed (2nd from left) and GienieMae Camacho Oquendo (3rd from left).

Northern Nevada students and others joined for a walk for Philippines typhoon victims yesterday. The walk started at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Organized by GienieMae Camacho Oquendo, who heads Nevadans Helping Philippines Typhoon Victims, and backed by religious statesman Rajan Zed, various campus and off-campus organizations supported the walk, which went from Joe Crowley Student Union to the Reno arch on Virginia Street and back.

Walk organizers reached out for contributions to help the victims. A condolence book was opened for the public to sign at the start of the walk, which began with the lighting of a lamp and an invocation by Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, which included Gayatri Mantra, considered most the sacred mantra of Hinduism.

Zed urged the public to wholeheartedly support the victims as the need was massive and immediate. Daniel R. Sanchez, president of the Interfaith Students Club of UNR, also spoke.

About a dozen relatives of Oquendo, who was born in Sapian in the Capiz province of the Philippines, which is part of the damaged area, are affected by this typhoon. She is a freshman at UNR.