WHEN he learnt all seven of his siblings’ homes had been washed away by Typhoon Haiyan, Warrnambool musician Boyd Advincula decided to act.
Advincula, supported by St Pius X Parish and Rotary Warrnambool Central, is holding a fund-raising cabaret Stand Together as One on December 21.
It wasn’t just his own family’s suffering in the Philippines that led him to organise the charity event.
“I was watching the Filipino news on SBS and I thought to myself ‘I’ve got to do something’,” Advincula said.
Standing Together As One will feature music from local talent The Dave Burgess Band, as well as Advincula’s own band Trevor, Boyd and Mark. Pania’s Dance and The Philippine Folk Dancers will also entertain, with raffles and auctions throughout the cabaret.
Rotary Warrnambool Central member Stuart Bethune said the Warrnambool community had demonstrated its generosity for overseas disasters in the past.
“Hopefully all the community can get behind it,” Mr Bethune said.
“There are five Rotary clubs in Tacloban, the city most greatly affected by the typhoon. We’ve communicated with these clubs and the money will be sent to them as part of an international trust to help on the ground.”
Advincula has two siblings who are in Manila with their daughters and his other siblings are attempting to rebuild their homes.
All entertainers are donating their time and the hall space has been donated.
Donations will be accepted on the night and businesses are invited to provide goods for the auction and raffles.
The cabaret invites attendees to bring their own drinks and nibbles. Alcohol is permitted. The dress code is party attire and tickets are $25.
Tickets can be purchased at Dave Cleves Music Shop, 283 Timor Street, or on the day of the event. For more information phone 0448 812 531.