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Filipinos in Kuwait launch biggest fund raising drive
November 24, 2013, 12:16 pm

Prominent Filipino organizations and religious denominations, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Philippines in Kuwait, congregated and decided to hold the biggest fund raising drive in Kuwait to aid thousands of survivors left homeless and starving by hurricane Haiyan that struck the country weeks back. The event slated ‘Music for a Mission – A day of Prayer, Praise and Charity for the survivors of hurricane Yolanda’, will be held at the Qadsiya Stadium in Hawally from 8 am to 5pm on Friday, 29 November.

Leaders of several Filipino organizations and religious denominations mapped out the event during their initial meeting. The Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFIL-OK) will take charge of the program of activities and will be supported by the religious groups and other lay organizations for the set-up and other details involved in putting together the event.

“The Philippine Embassy fully supports this charity event to help the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. As early as now, we are thanking all the groups, companies and individuals who have pledged to help us,” stated Philippine Consul General Atty. Raul H Dado who graced the meeting.

Pastor Allan Dytianquin, Lead Pastor of the Life Connection Church, Kuwait who convened other religious leaders for the charity event commented in an interview, “We have to act fast and gather all our resources so we can extend our help in the soonest possible time. A lot of individuals, groups and companies have been calling us up on how they can help. With this ‘Music for a Mission’, we encourage everyone who wants to help to be there on November 29 and extend whatever help they can.”

The day’s program will include an ecumenical service to be participated by different religious organizations and followed by the opening of a charity bazaar, where organizations and donors can sell variety of items from clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories, food and many more. An artistic group, ‘Makulay’, have also pledged 10 paintings for auction.

The ecumenical service will be followed by a program with songs and dances to be performed by Filipino singers and entertainers who have volunteered to perform during the show. The event is open to all nationalities who would like to visit the bazaar or contribute generous donations for the victims. All proceeds of the event will be donated to five different charitable organizations namely; GMA Kapuos Foundation, ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya, Life International, Caritas Manila and rebuilding of Divine Mercy Church, which has been destroyed by the hurricane.

The “Music for a Mission” which will be hosted by Ben Garcia (Filipino Panorama Editor), Ricky Laxa (GMA-7 News Correspondent and Morning Talk Producer and Director) and Maxxy Santiago (ABS-CBN Kuwait News Correspondent). The event is expected to receive Filipinos and other nationalities, in particular members of the diplomatic community in Kuwait, who have promised support by their presence in the event. Entry tickets are available with all affiliated organizations of the event.

- Ricky Laxa
Staff writer

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