Filipino dinner raises $15,000

The Nelson Tasman Filipino community has raised $15,000 to help their typhoon-damaged homeland.

"We're just overwhelmed by the support we've received," said volunteer Eden Larda-Catchpole.

Since super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines a month ago, Filipinos living in the Nelson region have rallied to help, culminating in a Care to Share fundraising dinner.

More than 120 people gathered for the dinner and entertainment at St Mary's Hall in Nelson on Saturday night.

"It was just a lovely magical night," Mrs Larda-Catchpole said.

The guests, including Nelson MP Nick Smith, were treated to traditional Filipino dishes, including Adobo - slow-cooked pork, and the entertainment included kapa haka and Filipino dancing.

After costs, $5000 was raised from the dinner and the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Red Cross.

Mrs Larda-Catchpole said a total of $15,000 had been raised through other fundraising at the Nelson and Motueka markets and in Richmond.

"It's very humbling and we are pleased and overwhelmed that we have been very well supported and accepted," she said.

A meeting of the Nelson Tasman Filipino Community group had decided that the balance of the funds would go to helping the 15 to 20 families in Nelson directly affected by the typhoon. "We want to reach those people who will benefit directly," she said.

Most people were now rebuilding their houses.

They had also lost their livelihoods and the Government was providing emergency employment to those who helped clean up the debris, she said.

The Nelson Tasman Filipinos plan to continue their fundraising and will hold a Community Fundraising Day at Auckland Point School on Sunday from 10am to 4pm with music, entertainment and food stalls.