A brunch held in Moncton on Sunday to support the relief effort in the Philippines raised more than $8,100 for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan — well abolve the goal of $5,000.
The event was locally organized and held in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross.
Nicole Druckman, an immigration lawyer based in Moncton, helped plan the event in a short period of time. She said she couldn't be happier with the fundraising efforts.
"The Filipino community has grown tremendously in the last few years and they contribute greatly to our economy, to the churches — singing, planning events and they're very respectful, caring and hard-working individuals," she said.
"They work in a lot of local restaurants, fish plants, hotels and different businesses."
Evelyn Asebias of Moncton has family in the Philippines. Two of her daughters live there and it took several days for her to find out if they made it through the disaster.
Asebias said she is lucky because her girls are alive, but like hundreds of thousands of others, they are struggling in the aftermath.
Asebias said she is happy to take part in the fundraising effort.
"It means a lot. At least I can help my people there, not just my family, but all of those people who lost their lives and the people now who are suffering," she said.
Individual donations will be matched by the Canadian government.
As of this weekend, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan reached 5,235 with more than 1,600 missing.
In the first week of November, the regions were battered by fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges from one of the strongest typhoons on record, locally called Yolanda.