More funds for Philippines relief

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  • October 30, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - With Filipinos still digging their homes out of the mud, and many more with no homes to return to after Typhoon Ketsana swept through the region just north of Manila Sept. 26, Canadians continue to add to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s relief fund.

Following an initial $50,000 contribution, Development and Peace has raised a further $108,000 to help Caritas in the Philippines. That total does not include $70,000 sent in so far by Toronto parishes to ShareLife.

Even the $70,000 collected by ShareLife is likely only a fraction of the amount given by Toronto Catholics.

Many parishes hold on to disaster relief funds until they feel the bulk of the contributions are in, said a ShareLife spokesperson. ShareLife expects the contributions to Typhoon Ketsana relief to grow substantially.

Development and Peace also believes the $108,000 collected so far will grow as Filipino groups across Canada tally up their contributions.

At least 450,000 people have been affected by the typhoon and about 150,000 made homeless.

Caritas Internationalis has appealed for $1 million to fund relief efforts in the Philippines.

ShareLife, the fundraising arm of the archdiocese of Toronto, keeps its emergency relief accounts operating for 18 months or until six months after all contributions have ceased.

ShareLife emergency relief funds are forwarded to Development and Peace, which is the Canadian representative to the international Catholic relief network Caritas.

To donate, see www.sharelife.org or www.devp.org .

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