Appeal for donations to typhoon victims in the Philippines

Community News & Features Dec 16, 2004 at 3:05 pm

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Kababayans,

The Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) is appealing to your community/company/organization for financial assistance for the typhoon and flood victims in the Philippines.Latest global reports indicate that nearly 1,800 people are dead or missing in the provinces of Quezon and Rizal after a typhoon and three successive storms hit these provinces east and north of Manila in a span of two weeks unleashing mudslides and flash floods.

The hardest hit were the municipalities of Real, Infanta, Gen. Nakar in Quezon and Dingalan and San Luis in Aurora.

An estimated 650,000 survivors are in dire need of food, clean water and tents. Health authorities fear disease outbreak due to lack of adequate facilities and sanitation in temporary shelters.

CASJ issues this urgent appeal for help as families of victims and survivors are still suffering from the devastating effects of floods and mudslides in makeshift homes and shelters.

CASJ is sending gifts for relief to the United Church of Canada. The United Church of Canada is responding to the emergency situation, working with its partner the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). Gifts forwarded by CASJ and its members will be added to the financial support already given by the United Church of Canada to the NCCP. Tax receipts will be issued.
The Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) will publish the names of all donors in the Toronto-based Philippine Reporter and other publications. Cheque donations can also be mailed payable to Community Alliance for Social Justice c/o Kababayan Community Centre, 1313 Queen St. West, Suite 133, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 1L8.For information, Email: casj_canada@yahoo.ca. Or call: (416) 829-4930 (Mel); (416) 709-7884 (Edwin); (416) 463-5312 Ext. 240 (Connie).

Thanks for your kind support.

EDWIN C. MERCURIO, Chair – CASJ Fundraising Committee Treasurer, CASJ Executive Committee; Connie Sorio, Co-Vice Chair, CASJ; Carol Banez, Board Member, CASJ; Bert de Lara, First Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan.

Other members of the Executive Committee of CASJ: Mel Catre, Co-Chair; Pura Velasco, Co-Chair; Hermie Garcia, Co-Vice-Chair; Ricky Esguerra, Secretary; Jose Saavedra Jr., Auditor.