Province donates $100,000 for relief efforts in Philippines; local Filipino community rallies for typhoon survivors
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012 3:43PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, December 9, 2012 4:09PM CST
Premier Greg Selinger announced the Province of Manitoba will offer $100,000 worth of relief funding for those affected by Typhoon Bopha in The Philippines.
The money was donated Sunday to the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation in response to the tragedy. The storm is responsible for at least 500 deaths in the southern Philippines.
The typhoon slammed the Archipelago region destroying homes, uprooting trees and flooding farming and mining communities. Nearly 400,000 people have fled to evacuation centres.
Winnipeg's Filipino community has already rallied to raise money for those affected by the typhoon. The Phil-Can Disaster Committee began accepting donations Saturday at the Philippine Canadian Centre.
Fred De Villa is spearheading the local fundraising movement in Winnipeg.
“What they need is medicine, food and of course clothing, shelter. It will help a lot,” said De Villa, of the Phil-Can Disaster Committee.
De Villa said the damage is shocking, but Winnipeggers are pulling together.
The goal is to raise $10,000. Volunteers will be at the Philippine Canadian Centre every day until Dec. 22 to accept donations.
Volunteers take donations at the Philippine Canadian Centre in Winnipeg for typhoon victims.