PICTURES: Music unites relief effort

A WARRNAMBOOL concert has raised $16,000 for the victims of the super typhoon that hit the Philippines last month.

More than 300 attended the “Stand Together as One” concert at St Pius Hall with the $16,000 raised through admission and an auction.

The concert was organised by Warrnambool expatriate Filipino Boyd Advincula, supported by the St Pius X Parish and Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central.

It featured the music group of which Mr Advincula is a part — Trevor, Boyd and Mark — as well as Dave Burgess, Tim Conlan and Jon Emery.

Also performing were Filipino folk dancers and choral singers and performers from Pania’s dance school.

Mr Advincula said the money raised was given to Rotary for its relief work in the Philippines.

Rotary Club of Warrnam-bool Central member Stuart Bethune said the money would be sent to five Rotary clubs in Tacloban, the city most 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,” Mr Bethune said.

Mr Advincula has a number of siblings on the island of Leyte who lost their homes to the typhoon.

He said two of his sisters had been forced to move to Manila because they had lost their homes but one hoped to return soon to resume teaching. Five other siblings were struggling to rebuild their homes. 

Access Aid International (AAI) said typhoon victims in the Philippines were still in urgent need of help.

AAI is working to deliver urgent health care and essential services to island communities where up to 95 per cent of homes and infrastructure was destroyed.

AAI Philippines manager Dominic Bowen said donations were urgently needed to ensure that vital assistance programs could continue beyond Christmas and into the new year.

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