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Candlelight vigil held for typhoon victims

TASMANIA Aid for the Philippines (TAP) recently held a candlelight vigil to commemorate the thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

More than 200 people united on the lawns at Hobart’s Franklin Square last month to pay their respects and send a message of support and compassion to the Philippines.

TAP’s Daniel Hulme said the vigil – “Shine a Light for the Philippines” – gave the public the opportunity to express their solidarity towards Tasmania’s Filipino community.

“We had a message book in which hundreds of people at the event wrote messages of support to the Filipinos affected by the typhoon,” he said.

Typhoon Haiyan is considered to be possibly the strongest storm in recorded history to make landfall.

Eleven million Filipinos have been affected and it is estimated that 10,000 people may have died in the hardest hit area of Tacloban City in Leyte.

The vigil was attended by the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Hobart MLC Rob Valentine, Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim and the Philippine’s consul-general in Tasmania, Peter Cretan.

President of the Philippines-Australia Community of Tasmania Victor Folloso and president of the Filipino Communities Council of Tasmania Florence Parker were also present.

The event raised $2300 from donations and the sale of candles.

The funds will be distributed to Red Cross Australia, in-country relief agency Gawad Kalinga Southern Leyte and an affected community in Cebu.

People wishing to make a tax deductible donation of $2 or more to the relief effort in the Philippines can donate to the following charities:

World Vision Australia          www.worldvision.com.au                  13 32 40

Red Cross Australia               www.redcross.org.au                        1800 811 700

UNICEF                                   www.unicef.org.au                            1300 884 233

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