St. Dominic's Catholic Church was filled with music and people who wanted to contribute to a worthwhile cause.
The Filipino Association of Neepawa and Area Inc. (FANA) executives and members, together with some of the Filipino members of the Knights of Columbus, held a luncheon for a cause at the church on the 25th of August.
Canadian and Filipino church-goers came to the luncheon right after the mass. Other members of the community came to the event and donated to the cause.
Some of the proceeds were to be given to the flood victims of typhoon “Trami”. A portion of the monetary contributions will also go toward the purchase of a new sound system and speakers that
will be used for the Filipino community activities.
As FANA is still in the process of establishing a new and better community group in Neepawa, the officers have observed that there is a need for better sound equipment such as speakers and microphones.
During the last activity, the Lily Festival, the Filipino organizers had to gather their own resources and materials for the “Folklorama” program held at the back of the courthouse.
The most recent storm that hit the Philippines last Aug. 19-21 has left numerous devastation around the cities and provinces at the northern part of the country.
The strong winds and rain crippled the city of Manila and the surrounding areas.
Schools, private and public schools and offices were all closed because of the large flood that accumulated in the almost four-day typhoon.
As I mentioned in one of my earlier columns, from July to October is rainy season for the Philippines.
Heavy monsoon brings heavy rains because the country sits at the “typhoon belt” which brings about an annual onslaught of dangerous storms.
Typhoon “Trami” killed at least 21 people, injured 30 and four are still missing.
The damage to infrastructure and agriculture reached up to Php633.082 million.
More than half a million families lost their homes.
A lot of our own relatives and friends back home were affected by the typhoon. This prompted FANA to share the proceeds of the luncheon to the ABS-CBN “Sagip Kapamilya” (which means “help your family”) Foundation.
This humanitarian assistance program was formed by our country's best television station which provides “food and non-food relief to affected communities of disasters”.
The luncheon held last Sunday proved to be a fruitful event as Filipinos and Canadians showed their willingness to assist people in need.
A Filipino band called “Creep Show” played music of various genres to entertain the people who attended the luncheon.
An anonymous donor gave $500 (equivalent to Php20,000) to the typhoon victims.
The association collected at least $830 which will be used to purchase the much needed equipment. We also gathered a total of $640 for the flood victims.
Mayor Ken and Christine Waddell generously donated $100.
FANA has placed a “silver collection” bottle at the local Asian store, Tim Tom's, for those who are still wanting to contribute to the “flood victims” assistance drive.
The event last Sunday was a success and for this we are thoroughly grateful to those who came out and shared their blessings.