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Gawad Kalinga Canada raises $365,500 for Haiyan survivors

April 19, 2014 - Saturday
Location: 
Toronto

Gawad Kalinga Canada has raised $365,000 from the fundraising campaigns it has initiated and held in partnership with businesses and other organizations to help rebuild the lives of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on record which hit Central Visayas, Philippines on Nov. 8, last year.

According to GKC vice chairman Jose Querubin the amount also includes pledges and individual donations made to GKC.

Plans are now underway for  77 homes that will be built in the towns of Palo and Isabel, in Leyte province, from the initial $340,000 donations raised. Donations amounting to $25,500 turned over during the GKC Donor Appreciation event today will be allocated to the construction of more homes in the province. READ MORE » about Gawad Kalinga Canada raises $365,500 for Haiyan survivors

UPVTC86 partners with GKC in fundraising drive to build 20 houses

April 13, 2014 - Sunday

The University of the Philippines Visayas -Tacloban College ‘86, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga Canada and GK Philippines, is holding a fundraising drive to build a GK Village comprising 20 houses for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan in Central Visayas, Philippines.

UPVTC86 is appealing to the generosity of those who have something to spare to help in the realization of the project. Donations will go to the purchase of construction materials that will cost Cdn$3,500 for each house. For its part, GK Philippines will provide the sweat equity needed for the construction as well as the properties in Leyte City, Tacloban where the houses will be built.

UPVTC86 aims to help Haiyan survivors beyond “buckets and blankets,” empower them to rebuild their lives and participate in government efforts in decision-making and planning for disaster management and risk reduction. 

The latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that about PhP19.5 billion (US$439.1 million) worth of infrastructure and PhP20.2 billion (US$454.9 million) worth of crops and agricultural equipment were destroyed when the super typhoon slammed the Visayas on Nov. 8, last year. The death toll was reported at 6,201, with 28,626 reported injured and 2000 still missing. Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reported that 4 million people have been displaced from their homes while thousands remain homeless.

Donations of $20 or more made to GKC for this project will be issued charitable receipts on the fourth week of January, 2015. The UPVTC86 and GKC partnership is consistent with the GKC mandate to help build permanent shelters in the Philippines for those in dire need. GKC is supporting the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction efforts of GK Philippines for typhoon Haiyan survivors.

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Markham Ontario Filipinos Raise $140,000 For A Markham Village In Palo, Leyte To House Haiyan Victims

March 04, 2014 - Tuesday
Location: 
Markham

By Mogi Mogado

Presenting Cheques for Markham Village Project in Palo, Leyte: (L to R) Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians Chair Yoly Ladines; Councillors Allan Ho, Don Hamilton,Logan Kanapathi; guest John Tidball; Jun Clarita, Alex Ascano of ANCOP; Jojo Querubin of Gawad Kalinga; Sunny Paragas of ANCOP; Consul General Junever Mahilum-West; Councillor Alex Chiu; Regional Councillor Gord Landon; Councillor Colin Campbell; guests Rosita Tam and Benson Sy; and Agnes Manasan Of Gawad Kalinga. READ MORE » about Markham Ontario Filipinos Raise $140,000 For A Markham Village In Palo, Leyte To House Haiyan Victims

7 Enoteca holding fundraising dinner for Haiyan survivors

February 27, 2014 - Thursday
Location: 
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.

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Montreal Hearts that Cried for the Victims

January 08, 2014 - Wednesday
Location: 
Montreal

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.* 
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A Message of Thanks

December 28, 2013 - Saturday
Location: 
Toronto

Gawad Kalinga Canada wishes to express its gratitude to everyone who has extended a helping hand during this time of unfathomable tragedy in the Philippines.  

The calm after typhoon Yolanda left revealed the super typhoon’s fury: a death toll rising up to 6000++ as of this writing, villages flattened and wiped out and survivors left with nothing except for the clothes on their backs. 

However, the Filipinos’ resiliency is simply unequaled. There is no room for despondency. A testament to this is how the international community who showed sympathy, compassion and generosity instantaneously recognized hope in the faces of the survivors. READ MORE » about A Message of Thanks

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