Toronto Community Organizations Unite to Raise Funds for Flood Victims

Rescuers stood in silence at the sight of two bodies buried in mud in the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana
Rescuers stood in silence at the sight of two bodies buried in mud in the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana

TORONTO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN CONCERT TO REBUILD PEOPLE’S LIVES

By Edwin C. Mercurio

Various community organizations and concerned Filipino-Canadians have joined hands in hosting the “Unity Concert 2009 :Rebuilding People’s Lives” next month in Toronto, Canada. The project aims to gather groups willing to work together in a collaborative project that would directly benefit the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy ) hit the Philippines at the end of last month, causing widespread damage unseen in the country’s recent history. Agricultural systems and infrastructure in Metro Manila and surrounding areas suffered extensive damage. Many lives were lost, homes destroyed, electricity and clean water are still unavailable in many regions of the country. The lives of four million people had been affected by Typhoon Ketsana alone.

Flood water levels reached a record 20 feet high in worst affected areas at the peak of typhoon Ketsana’s fury. Typhoon Parma (Pepeng), another tropical storm also hit the Northern part of the Philippines after Ketsana causing rising flood waters, landslides and further damage. Filipinos need help desperately and the large Filipino community and various organizations in Ontario have responded to their cry for help.

The unity concert aims to harness the great compassion, desire to help and community building capacity of various organizations in the urgent task of helping rebuild the lives of those hard hit by Typhoons Ketsana and Pepeng in the Philippines.

“Unity Concert: Rebuilding People’s Lives 2009”, will be held on December 13, 2009 at the University of Toronto, MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park in downtown Toronto.

The concert will showcase the musical talents of Filipino artists in the GTA. It is a three-hour musical extravaganza showcasing: Guest performer Ma-Anne Dionisio, best known for her role of Kim in the Canadian production of "Miss Saigon."  ; professional and popular accomplished Filipino singers: Lilac Cana, Emilio Zarris, Karen Tan, Josie De Leon, Vonnie Beltran, Chyrell Samson, Jiva Andola, Belinda Corpuz, Levy Abad Jr. John Flores, Cast of Angels, Melodious Vibes, Panyolito, Philippine Heritage Band, Myk Miranda and Santa Gerilla, Out of Luck and Da Barkadas and Ajay Recana. Over-all directors will be Karen Tan and Randy Muerre with segments coordinators Tess Toralba and Paulina Corpuz.

The following organizations have confirmed their participation with the organizing committee: Community Alliance for Social Justice, Kababayan Community Centre, PHILUSCAN INTERNATIONAL REALTY INC., Central Philippine University Alumni Association - GTA Chapter, Kapisanan Philippine Center, Filipino Migrant Workers Movement, Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPCO); Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC), Silayan Community Centre, Philippine Heritage Band, Santaginians, Ontario Silliman University Alumni Association (ONSUAA), Canadian Aid Relief Project; Joy of the Lord; Philippine Independence Day Council; Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life and various regional, religious and alumni associations.

Concert organizers have identified the Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) as its main administrator for the funds in the Philippines. CDRC is a 25-year old organization respected nationally and internationally for its integrity and accountability in terms of ensuring that relief goods and donated funds go directly to the most vulnerable among the disaster victims. It is recognized by the United Nations and various disaster relief and rehabilitation organizations throughout the world.

Organizations and individuals are welcome to join the project and participate actively in preparations for the concert.

For more information call Ben Corpuz at (416) 886-8921, Hermie Garcia at (416) 461-8694, Edwin Mercurio at 416-493-7884 . For further inquiries, email: casj_canada@yahoo.ca.

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REv,Pastor:Ilyas Masih 6 years ago

Dated,29.08.10.

Dear Incharge.

Greetings from HUNGRY CHILDREN ASSOCIATION(HCA) Chowk Azam Layyah

Punjab-Pakistan.I hope you and your family will be fine and

your/Team.My sisters in these our poor christian and muslim people

FLOOD VICTIMS are in hard time and suffring by FLOOD,so HCA need your

great cooperation for them.HCA want to provide them FOODSTUFF,CLOTHES,TENTS

for their basic need.HCA is a non profitable and charitable

organization and registred in Distt:Layyah.Registration No:015

May God bless you and help you to cooperation with HCA Punjab-Pakistan.

Pay our regards to you and yor children.

Yours Sister,

Kiran Younas.

Asstt:President Vehari Branch.

Yours In Christ

Main Office HCA.

Rev,Pastor.Ilyas Masih

Founder/President

HCA-Layyah

Pakistan

PH:+092-302-4857296

HUNGRY CHILDREN ASSOCIATION (Reg).

A/C 13212-8 Branch # 1894

National Bank Of Pakistan.(NBP)

Chowk Azam Layyah

Teh,Distt Layyah Pakistan


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MercuryNewsOnline 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks. Chef Jeff. Many who saw the photo felt the same way.

My heartfelt gratitude to all who extended help and assistance.


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Chef Jeff 6 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

I have to tell you that photo of the rescuers discovering the two bodies is so sad. Hopefully the world will act to help out.


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

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I am largely making a comment so that your hub shows up on the hubtivity thread, thus promoting your cause :)


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

My profound gratitude to your kind and heartfelt support, Chef Jeff and would be donors. Kababayan Community Centre's address and postal code is 1313 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario, M6K-1L8.

Please call KCC Executive Director Flor Dandal at 416-532-3888 Ext. 221 if you need more information.


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Chef Jeff 7 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Thanks for the address where we can send donations! I hope many people will respond positively.

Chef Jeff


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Chef Jeff,

Thanks for the kind words.

More than 7 million Filipinos are still suffering from the twin devastations of typhoons Ketsana and Parma. This is our second concert for the flood victims and our performers voluntary offered their time, talents and energy. Donors from around the world can help a lot by sending cheque donations to Kababayan Community Centre, 1313 Queen St. West, Toronto Ontario - RP Flood Victims.

Toronto residents can help by buying concert tickets for themselves or as a (concert) gift for family and friends this Christmas while helping raise funds for the flood victims.


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Chef Jeff 7 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

I have many friends who are from the Filipines, and I am sad that so many have lost their lives to this force of nature. I would hope that what Toronto is doing will spread to other cities and nations so we can all do what we can to help out those who have been struck by this tragedy.

Chef Jeff


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Many thanks for your thoughts, prayers and kind deeds for our kababayans back home. We stand in common solidarity with our suffering Filipino brothers and sisters in this crucial moment of our nation's history.


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

And the flooding of boundless love continues. Thank you fellow Filipinos for always doing your part to help your kababayans back home. As of this time, Typhoon Ramil is brewing over the country. Signal no.1 one has been hoisted over over the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan (including Calayan and Babuyan islands) and the Batanes group of islands.

We continue to pray for the safety of all especially those who have not yet recovered from the previous calamity. More power to all of you. God bless:)


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you for dropping by Suyin. We are all in this together.


Suyin Jamoralin 7 years ago

Thank you for supporting our kababayans back home! :)


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment and prayer. By day, I work indoors except to run outdoors to the nearest Tim Horton's for my coffee. By nightfall, I moonlight as hubpages writer(LOL).

Hope you get back in time to buy tickets and attend the concert come November 29.


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lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

You have a great reporting style -- are you a journalist in your 'day job'?

Great article and I wish the concert organizers great success.

And a prayer for all those affected by this storm.

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