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Red Cross Heroes: Phillip Fernandez

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the past two years, Phil Fernandez of Holualoa on Hawaii Island has played a key financial role with the Hawaii Red Cross. He ensures that the money given to help Red Cross victims is well spent.

"We want to make sure that every cent is properly spent and that the most of the money goes directly to the benefit of disaster victims and its good to see the red cross has controls in place to make sure that happens", says Fernandez.

His long career in the private financial sector makes him well suited for his volunteer work in Disaster Services Finance where he oversees the review of the spending of victim disperments.

"I see aa lotof dispersements being made to the victims of fires. that's the primary thing. If its a single individual the amount that might be dispersed might be around 250 to 300 dollars, usually for a hotel of one or two nights depending on the situation or food and maybe clothing. for a family of four it could be in the range of $800 to $1000."

Fernandez also says compliance is high with victims using that money for direct needs.

"I feel I'm doing a public service to those people who donate money and trust that Red Cross will do the right thing. It makes me feel good that the money is being used correctly."

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