Blog by Melissa Davey and Helene Tixier
Super Typhoon Haiyan was the largest of its kind to ever hit land, which has devastated the Philippines leaving an estimated 5 million children in desperate need of food, water and security.
So far New Zealand’s response has been amazing, and there are some amazing local projects and events underway to support the Philippines all over New Zealand! So get inspired, get involved, and support some great initiatives!
1 – PASKO – Filipino Christmas Festival – November 30th 11am – 9pm – Wellington
PASKO, the Filipino Christmas Festival, is being held by the Philippine Embassy and Filipino community on November 30 from 11am to 9pm at the Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt.
Christmas is a festive time and celebrated with huge gusto throughout the Philippines, and this is your chance to experience how Christmas is celebrated while also helping out a great cause.
Get a taste of Filipino culture – try some delicious traditional cuisine, get crafty and learn how to make your very own parol (christmas lantern). Soak up the music, photography and art shows on offer. See here to find out more.
2 – Ribbons for the Philippines
Gabby and Maria have started selling these cute ribbons at $2 a pop with all proceeds going to UNICEF NZ. NZ Post has jumped on board stocking these at selected Post Shops in Christchurch and you can also get them from Gabby and Maria’s Hope After Haiyan Facebook page: Check them out on Facebook.
3 – Humming Amphora – Fundraising Concert – December 8th – Tauranga
In the Bay of Plenty the Humming Amphora on The Strand, Tauranga, are hosting a fundraising concert and charity auction on December 8. Showcasing great local talent, We See You Philippines will be a chilled afternoon of live acoustic music, refreshments and fun.
4 Fundraising in the Workplace
All over New Zealand, more and more businesses are getting involved to raise money for UNICEF NZ’s fundraising appeal.
AMP New Zealand in Wellington has raised $576 for the Philippines from a staff collection.
Meanwhile, Steel Pencil, a construction modelling company in Palmerston North, sent a generous donation of $5K for the people of the Philippines. Watch this segment from Campbell Live to find out more http://www.3news.co.nz/Celebrating-Kiwi-generosity/tabid/817/articleID/322335/Default.aspx#ixzz2lmxvBIRs)
Awesome work AMP Wellington and Steel Pencil! Thanks also to the many other companies who have supported us.
5 – Maria Kemp Original Painting
Maria Kemp, well known Dunedin artist has created an original painting titled Black Rock Road, Lee Stream. The painting shows light sweeping across the land, casting out the darkness. Maria is donating all proceeds from this sale to UNICEF NZ’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Maria explains her reason for donating her artwork: “Even if we show the smallest act of kindness to one another, we bring light and hope in times of trouble and pain.”
You can bid for the painting on Trade Me until 4.30pm on Friday, 29 November. To find more information go to: http://www.trademe.co.nz/art/paintings/landscape/oil/auction-665774982.htm
Well done to everyone who’s got behind our appeal for the Philippines. Every $ counts, so your support is making a difference. We’d love to hear about any special projects you might be involved in. Check out more details on fundraising for UNICEF