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 cities.
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 Brown.
"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 include:
- Hygiene kits;
- 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, 2013.
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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