Typhoon aid 'amazing'

Last updated 09:04 21/11/2013
Typhoon aid
DIGGING DEEP: Members of the Nelson-Tasman Filipino Community who have already raised more than $3700 for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

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The Nelson Filipino Community is heartened by the generosity of the Nelson community who have supported it during its fundraising efforts after devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

The community raised a total of $3700 at stalls at the markets in Nelson on Saturday and Sunday.

This money is on top of the nearly $2000 Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls raised through their junior and prep school students' mufti day and sausage sizzle fundraiser last week.

"We were overwhelmed and deeply, deeply and wholeheartedly grateful for the amazing generosity of the Nelson people - from donations, to hugs, smiles and sincere wishes of good recovery for our country,"

says Nelson Tasman Filipino Community Inc public relations officer Marie Johnstone.

"We have members whose families back home are directly affected by the typhoon. This money may not be enough to help all families in one badly hit area alone, but it is a start."

Marie says the group did a rough estimate that this amount could buy 90 sacks of rice to feed a small village in the affected area.

Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 3976 people in the Philippines alone.

Many people are still missing and the United Nations say more than 11 million people are estimated to be affected by the typhoon; one of the most powerful storms ever to reach shore.

Marie says that because the recovery will take some time the group will continue its fundraising, taking on Richmond Mall and K-mart next week, and maybe getting out to Motueka.

She says there is a strong Filipino community in the region of 200 to 300 people.

Many have relatives in the badly affected part of the country and are still having difficulties communicating with people affected.

Marie says the 120 tickets for the fundraising dinner on December 7 at St Mary's Hall are all sold out.

Te Whatukura Kapa Haka group is donating its time and talent to perform at that event.

"We take this opportunity to say thank you very much, to the Nelson people for your valuable generosity, and the Nelson Market for allowing us spots for our fundraising."

For more information ring 0210 277 8404 or ‘like' "Care to Share NZ" on Facebook.

Donations can be made to the Nelson fundraising through the ANZ account 06 0705 0432409 00, account name Mabuhay Radio, and reference Haiyan.

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Meanwhile, a vegetarian fundraising dinner is being organised by local members of the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) to help those severely affected by the typhoon.

The dinner will be at 6.30pm at Riverside Community Hall, Lower Moutere on Saturday, and will include live music and a presentation about AMURT's relief work.

For catering purposes those wanting to attend are asked to call 03 526 8288. Alternatively tickets can be bought before Saturday from Arcadia Cafe, Motueka. The suggested price for tickets is $30. Donations can be made to AMURT through 03 1354 0070246 016.

- Nelson

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