Filipino-Canadians display generosity at GKC fundraising


Gawad Kalinga Canada witnessed an outpouring of compassion and benevolence from Filipino-Canadians during its Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay (Together in Compassion) Emergency Fundraising for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims last Nov. 16, 2013 at the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure Parish Hall at 1300 Leslie St., Toronto. Funds raised for the evening is estimated at $6000.

Donations raised from the event will be used towards the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction of homes damaged and destroyed during the Nov. 8 super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record with sustained winds of 235 km/h and wind gusts of 275 km/h made at landfall. ‘Yolanda’ passed swiftly through the Visayas region, in the Philippines where it flattened most infrastructures, especially those in coastal towns. The death toll is expected to rise to 10,000. The initial death toll reported on Nov. 9 was 138 which climbed to 3,637 as of Nov. 17. On the ground rescue and relief operations are ongoing in the affected areas.

Video courtesy of the Filipino Web Channel*

All eligible donations received by GKC until Dec. 9, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government under its matching fund program launched on Nov. 10 in response to the Philippine crisis.

Members of the board of directors of GKC stressed the urgency of helping the typhoon victims rebuild their lives and rallied those in attendance to share their financial blessings.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by local artists Jakey “Jives”Franco, Chryrell Samson, Rodney Ronquillo, Scott Dion Brown, Jenna Mae, Uppercase, Aquarius, Edmund Arevalo, Amsky Ramos, Belinda Poolay and Michael Magali.

Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay fundraising activities included raffle draws, auction, food and beverages sale and donation box.

GKC is thanking all donors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event. Raffle prizes and auction items were donated by Saladmaster, Sgt. Splatter’s Paintball, Body by Vi, Mayette’s Restaurant, Chef George, Gallery of Good, Blue Banana, Peak Taekwondo Academy, Benchmark Event Management, Mrs. Ophelia Valdez, Ms. Evelyn Pagkalinawan and Anonymous. Cusina Lounge donated food items. FV Foods also donated a portion of their sales for the evening.

GKC is also grateful to the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure which allowed the use of the venue for free. Additionally, GKC wishes to thank members of the media who supported the event.

Host was GKC executive director Viethmier Cuevas. Production crew was composed of Kim Jose, Marjorie Jose, Cheryl Cantonjos, John Policarpio and Wilfred Tangid. Event organizer was Benchmark Event Management.

Pidoy Pacis is chairman of the GKC board of directors with Jose Querubin, vice chairman; Jimmy Nagallo, secretary; and members Agnes Manasan, Francis Rementilla and Elvie Pena Tan. Administrative volunteers are Ester Toribio, bookkeeper and website administrator; Odette Montelibano, web content strategist; and Cantonjos, event coordinator. Coordinator for Quebec is Amir Billiones and coordinator for Alberta is Brian Morales.

GKC continues to accept donations online at Donations may be made through PayPal, cheque or e-mail transfer. Several organizations have also reached out to make GKC as the beneficiary of their fundraising events.*


GKC TEAM AND PERFORMERS. Gawad Kalinga Canada is thanking everyone for their love and compassion to the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.*