Kiwis rally for Philippines

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013
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SMASHED: An entire neighbourhood is destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

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MUSICAL HELP: Linden Cowan.

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Filipino families living here will be waiting to hear from loved ones affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Thousands of people have been killed and many more are homeless after the typhoon hit the central Philippines on November 8, bringing widespread flooding, landslides and destruction of homes and infrastructure.

Up to four million people have been affected. Aid agencies are struggling to reach the more remote areas.

The typhoon hit less than a month after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, centred on Bohol Island, destroyed villages and claimed more than 100 lives.

Maria Siayngco of Albany says her husband's cousin was killed in the typhoon in Leyte Province. She says she cannot imagine how the country is coping after being hit by two natural disasters within a month.

But the Filipino people will "rise up" as they do in devastating situations, Mrs Siayngco says.

The community will host a fundraising concert and entertainers Tina Cross and John Hellyer are among the performers. It will be held at SkyCity Theatre, on November 29 from 7.30pm with tickets available from iticket.co.nz.

Funds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross, which launched an appeal.

Acting secretary-general Bruce McGregor says the best way to help is by donating to the appeal, not by giving goods.

"Please do not collect or send goods, as it is common for aid organisations to be left with large quantities of goods that are not required - sometimes at great cost."

Mr McGregor says all funds raised will go towards responding to the disaster.

A music event this Sunday will raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan victims. Linden Cowan of Tindalls Bay has organised the music, song and dance performances at the Silverdale Rugby Club from 5pm till 7pm.

People can pop into the club where nibbles are provided as part of the $20 cash admission.  Go to  lindenlouise@gmail.com for tickets or Mitre10 Whangaparaoa, Coast Physio in Manly Village and Caci Clinic in Orewa. All proceeds go to Red Cross for its appeal.

Red Cross also offers a tracing service for anyone looking for family in the Philippines.

TO HELP Go to redcross.org.nz, and click on Emergency Appeal: TyphoonHaiyan. New Zealanders with concerns for family members who are New Zealand citizens should try to make direct contact first, then call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 04 439 800 if they have ongoing concerns. Donate at redcross.org.nz


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