MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Hundreds of people in
Scarborough, North York and Mississauga rallied together to not only
grieve but challenge Canadians to support the ongoing relief effort
following one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. The event
showcased Filipino artists, singers and dancers in a unified show of
support for those struggling to survive after Haiyan flattened entire
The multi-site, grassroots fundraising event also featured remarks by
World Vision Canada president, Dave Toycen, and MP Newmarket-Aurora and
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development Lois
"Today's event was an important opportunity for the Filipino community
to come together and express our collective grief, and also show our
generous support for the emergency relief effort," said Julius
Tiangson, HelpPhilippines Organizer.
"World Vision teams are working around the clock to provide much-needed
supplies like food, blankets and shelter materials," says Dave Toycen,
President of World Vision Canada. "We're ramping up distributions on
multiple islands and we are committed to reaching children and families
who are still reeling from this tragedy."
"Canada has been standing with the Filipino people from day one of this
terrible tragedy. The images we see on a daily basis and the stories
of the victims are heart wrenching. The work by World Vision and many
other organizations is made possible largely by charitable donations.
We must all come together as a community to do everything we can to
help," says Lois Brown, MP Newmarket-Aurora and Parliamentary Secretary
to Minister of International Development.
World Vision is actively distributing much-needed supplies after the
strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. Items being distributed
Blankets, tarpaulins and shelter supplies;
Food such as rice, sardines, cooking oil and beans;
As well as clean water.
Canadians wishing to support the emergency response in the Philippines
can donate by clicking on www.worldvision.ca or by calling 1-866-595-5550.
The Canadian government has announced a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Through this fund, the government will set aside one dollar for every
eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to World Vision Canada
or other registered Canadian charities between Nov 9th and Dec 9th,
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
Image with caption: "Limitless Tae Kwon Do performs at HelpPhilippines fundraiser Mississauga (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131117_C8254_PHOTO_EN_33434.jpg
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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