Montrealers rally to support Philippines typhoon victims

Members of Montreal's Filippino community are coming together to raise money, to help with the relief effort after last week's devastating typhoon.

Fundraising events continue this weekend

The Filipino Association of Montreal are collecting donations and raising money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, also called Yolanda. (Alison Northcott/CBC)

Members of Montreal's Filipino community are coming together by raising money to help with the relief effort of last week's devastating typhoon.

Montreal has more than 30,000 residents with ties to the Philippines, and community leaders have been meeting to talk about what more they can do to help people cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

“This is really heartbreaking for everyone, even if you are just watching the TV, you can't stop crying. I have a lot of people there who are friends, but right now I have no idea how to reach them,” said Nemia Saldua.

"There is no drinking water, they have no food, they are tired they have no clothes. Everything was wiped out."

Members of the Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs say people have been coming by non-stop to give what they can.

Pacita TuieraCandelario, visited the organization in Côte-des-Neiges with a donation Tuesday. 

“I came here this morning to share a little something of what I have for those victims of the typhoon in my country. Actually, I don't have any friends or relatives in that region, but my heart breaks for them,” says Tuiera Candelario.

The powerful typhoon that hit the central Philippines is estimated to have killed thousands and left many others homeless with nowhere to go after bridges and roads were wiped out.

The Canadian Red Cross says it has collected more than $4 million in donations so far.

Events in Montreal

There are several fundraisers planned in Quebec to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan this weekend and in weeks to come.

The Filipino Women's group, Pinay, is holding a spaghetti supper fundraiser Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Beaconsfield United Church, 202 Woodside Road. Tickets are $10.00 per person, $25.00 per family. 

There is also a charity event Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at La Plaza Volare​ in St. Laurent, 6600 Côte de Liesse Road. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Proceeds will go to Sagip Kapamilya, an emergency humanitarian assistance program.

On Sunday, there will be a benefit concert for the Philippines at St. James United Church in downtown Montreal, 463 Ste-Catherine W. Street. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature the Panday Tinig Chorus, the People's Gospel Choir and the Black Watch pipes and drums. Admission is free with a donation to the Red Cross.


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