Fundraising events for the Taal Volcano eruption are still ongoing in Winnipeg as many individuals and groups continue to step forward in donating and volunteering to raise more funds to support the victims in getting back on their feet from the massive devastation.
UNITED FOR TAAL
United For Taal is one of the fundraising events held last January 24 at the Maple Collegiate Commons through the efforts of Charmaine Hernandez and Maneet Jassal in collaboration with 204 Neighborhood Watch. With just one week of preparations, organizers were able to put together an event where the community can indeed be united to achieve a common goal – respond to the need of the Taal victims. It was a night where the spirit of volunteerism among Winnipeggers was again demonstrated – from the local artists and all program staff to the generous sponsors who made up a massive raffle draw and to all guests who dedicated their Friday night to be part of this cause.
The event raised $5000 that was donated to Kamay Agapay, one of the active community service groups that is helping the Taal victims.
Charmaine Hernandez together with 204 Neighborhood Watch led by Leila Castro are grateful to all who have been part and made the event successful. “It was a night of joy, generosity and love.”
SAGIP KABAYAN: DANCE FITNESS MASTERCLASS – TAAL VOLCANO VICTIMS
The Zumba community led by ZIN Janor Kahal joined in a dance fitness masterclass to raise funds for the victims. Over 100 zumba enthusiasts came and joined a fun and energetic event as their way of gathering support for the devastated kababayans in Taal.
The group raised $1800 that was directly donated to the Talisay Associations of Manitoba through its president Belinda Garcia. Talisay is one of the towns that was gravely affected by the eruption.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
There are still upcoming fund drives where people can continue to donate.
Bangon Talisay – February 8, 6pm at PCCM
Valentine Dance for a Cause – February 14, 6pm at Canton Food Gallery
Rise from the Ashes- February 23, 6pm at Filipino Seniors Hall
As of this writing, Taal remains under Alert Level 3 and with the current recording of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) of volcanic earthquakes, the threat of hazardous eruptions also remains.
Photos by: Nik Rave, Josel Media Photography and Boyet Nicolas