January 2014

7 Enoteca holding fundraising dinner for Haiyan survivors

7 Enoteca - 216 Lakeshore Road East Oakville

A popular Italian hotspot in downtown Oakville, 7 Enoteca will hold a private fundraising dinner for typhoon Haiyan survivors on Thursday, February 27th. Seats are limited.

Half of the proceeds of the ticket sales will be turned over to Gawad Kalinga Canada, whose mandate is to rebuild, reconstruct and rehabilitate houses damaged and destroyed by the typhoon.

Event chair and 7 Enoteca's Cristina Carpio is urging those who wish to support the event but cannot make it to donate directly to Gawad Kalinga Canada. Donors may use the Paypal donation button below.

7 Enoteca is a woodburning Neapolitan pizzeria and winebar located at the townsquare in downtown Oakville. The pizza oven is the only one built onsite in Canada by a 3rd generation Artisan from Naples, Stefano Ferrara. For more information please visit the website at www.the7.ca. You may also connect with 7 Enoteca through their Facebook page https://facebook/7Risto and through Twitter @7Risto.

Event Details:  

 Date: February 27, 2014 (Thursday) 
 Time: 6 p.m.
 Place: 7 Enoteca
 Address: 216 Lakeshore Road East Oakville.

Valet parking is available.  Those who wish for more information may reach Carpio at 905.842.4777 or send her an email at info@the7.ca*

Montreal Hearts that Cried for the Victims


by Amir Billiones 

After finishing their second fundraiser out of 3 and tabulating the proceeds, I saw the sad and tired faces from a new set of GK partners. They hoped to raise 16k at this point, but by then we only had 12k. The disappointment was not so much the cost of effort, nor the expectations, rather, they had set their hearts to fundraise at least 4 houses, with 3 events. 

In that brief moment in time, we felt closer to the typhoon victims, also clawing our way towards hope, hearts hurt but not broken. 

We wanted more for them; we wanted to give more for them. This January, their fundraising total will reach over 16k, to which the government will match a portion. 

Montreal Heroes. Philippine Consul General Eric Tamayo (4th from left) with new GK Heroes Balikatan Montreal (from left)Alex Gelbert, Veraida-Lyn Bermejo, Jennifer Kelly, Kathryn Chovanes and Phil Penalosa.* 

This was a different set of volunteers from our previous fundraiser (Pablo concert). These new heroes have organized fundraising events before and eventually chose GK Canada to course their donations for the typhoon victims. At the end of this month, some of them are flying to the Philippines to build houses and discover GK in person. 

I would also like to honor our humble Montreal angel sponsors (apart from the organizers), whose donations made the events feasible, paying for the cost and not asking for receipts. Their belief in the GK model of “Padugo”(bloodletting)  multiplied their donations tenfold. 

Finally around Dec 22, a representative from a Canadian sports champion has signified his intentions to fundraise for a few houses. They heard of GK because of the Haiyan Fundraisers, and are dreaming big for the typhoon survivors. I hope to bring you detailed news of this in a few months.

As the Philippines sets its sights on rebuilding, GK has taught us not to bicker nor destroy, but rather to be the foundation that will help the rebuilding process excel. Being the hero sometimes demands the first to be last.*