A taste of Asia in the heart of Austria
Tuesday October 17th 2017

Pinoy feeds the Homeless in Austria

Wilson Tanho, a Filipino employee in the United Nations in Vienna will celebrate Christmas in a very unique way.
Instead of putting a part of his earnings during the past year into some other things, he choose to gather his resources in order to feed the homeless people in Vienna.
On Christmas Eve, Wilson, together some Pinoy volunteers – will take time to prepare the ingredients needed for the charity work.
During the past years, almost 200 homeless, most of them men,  appreciate  exotic food that the Pinoys prepared. Wilson has been preparing pansit (noodles), fried rice and fried chicken for the „Obdachlosen“.

Wilson has already been doing this charity work for the past 4 years.
Wilson commented: “Six years ago, pagkatapos ng Christmas party namin sa bahay, napansin ko na napakaraming sobrang pagkain (after our Christmas party, I noticed we had a lot of left-overs). I thought of bringing these to the train station, where the “sandler” (homeless) are staying. Afterwards, I learned that there is a CARITAS House in Vienna, where homeless could temporarily stay.”
Wilson did not only cook for the homeless. He was able to gather from generous donors Christmas presents for them, too. Packs of cigarettes, soaps, shampoos, tissue papers, chocolates, toothbrush and toothpaste and other necessities were distributed to the delight of the homeless.
Wilson added: “In addition to foods, we are also giving these people some gifts, kasi wala naman silang pamilya na magbigay sa kanila ng regalo (since they no family who would give them gifts). At least through these little and simple gifts, ay mabubuksan silang regalo today or this Christmas (they will open gifts today or this Christmas).”
Lorna Titgemeyer, former Chairman of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria is also helping Wilson in this charity effort.
She said: “Indeed, it is very easy to contribute material things. Though I am very much convinced that when one contributes time and effort, the worth is much more. That is why, when Wilson asked me to help him, I immediately answered him yes.”
The homeless beneficiaries were very much grateful for the time and effort given by the Filipinos. They appreciated very much their willingness and dedication to help even though they are immigrants here.

This charitable action initiated by Wilson seven years ago has become a tradition for him. He regards these people his family, in a sense that he himself has no home and family here. He said he was just lucky enough to obtain a good job at the UN and could do something worthwhile for the homeless.
Wilson said, “I do this as my personal commitment. Christmas is about giving or sharing. Now, I don’t have my family here, so I also said to my friends, I want to celebrate Christmas with those people with no families at all, like me. So I spend Christmas with the homeless as well.”

HECTOR PASCUA, Vienna, Austria
ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

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2 Responses to “Pinoy feeds the Homeless in Austria”

  1. Hi Hector,
    I am a Filipino-Canadian who was impressed with your story about Wilson Tanho. I have started writing when I was invited by a friend working in Singapore to contribute to his community page.
    I am visiting Europe in May and Vienna is one of my destinations. I will be staying for 5Nights/6Days but planning to do a side trip by rail to Bratislava and Budapest.
    I would like to meet and have a brief interview with Wilson if he is available between May 18-23, 2011. I have yet to book a hotel in the centre of Vienna but still deciding on the number of nights because of the sidetrips.
    You may visit our http://www.pinoyexpat.net which was launched middle of March 2011 or follow/check my Facebook pages….Efren Freddie Miranda.
    Thank you for spending time reading my email. I would appreciate your response.
    Have a nice day.
    With my best regards,
    Efren Freddie Miranda

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