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Swift Current Filipino Association hosting fundraiser Nov. 19

In response to the devastating damage of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Filipino Association of Swift Current and Area will be hosting a fund-raising day today.

The Filipino Association of Swift Current and Area, along with the Canadian Red Cross Society and Newcomer Welcome Centre are collecting funds to send to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Cash donations can be dropped off at Newcomer Welcome Centre office at 237 Central Ave N., Swift Current from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the islands of Leyte and Samar, with the official death count rising into the thousands while hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless.

The Filipino Association noted that damage to crops and infrastructure in the Philippines exceeds $91.8 million.

Thousands of survivors are still desperately waiting for aid efforts to reach them.

"The Filipino people will need every ounce of help that we can muster," the Filipino Association stated in a press release. "Cash donations will be most effective, because this can be used to buy food, drinking water, medicine and other necessities, to stimulate the local economy of the provinces most hit."

"Yes, Filipinos are known to be resilient people, able to find the smallest of excuses to smile and laugh, but even that has its limits. The psychological effect of the destruction will be felt by several generations onward, and so aside from cash donations, Filipinos will need other kinds of professional help to heal themselves. They will need mental and emotional health professionals to help them come to terms with what happened."

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre noted they are in solidarity with the Fillipino community in appealing to the community for help for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

"Many of our newcomers come from the Philippines.  In Swift Current alone, we have a very big Filipino community and practically every corner in southwest Saskatchewan, one will sure to meet a Filipino newcomer. Some of them also have relatives and friends in the areas deeply affected by this calamity.  The outpouring of support from the international community is really overwhelming. We also want to do our share from here," a statement from the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre noted.

"We know there are other ways to donate to the victims. We hope we will get the support of the community on Nov. 19 in this fund-raising event."

There are also plans for a fund-raising supper where all proceeds will go the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The date and further details of this event will be provided later.

Organizations: Filipino Association of Swift Current, Canadian Red Cross Society

Geographic location: Philippines, Swift Current

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