D.C. steps up fundraising efforts for Haiyan survivors

Images of Marvel and Capcom characters supplying much needed supplies for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Photo : Nekohybrid.deviantart.com

Images of Marvel and Capcom characters supplying much needed supplies for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Photo : Nekohybrid.deviantart.com

The Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C. (FYP-DC) invites the community to a fundraising event for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Tattoo Bar in Washington, D.C. from 5:30pm-9:00pm.

The fundraising event, in collaboration with other community organizations including: Feed the Hungry-Philippines, KAYA-DC, Kollaboration DC, PAFC-DC, UMD APAAN, and the Esperanza Education Fund, will benefit the survivors and victims affected by the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines in November 2013. The typhoon, with wind gusts of up to 195 miles per hour, has claimed over 3,600 lives and there are fears that the death toll will climb as relief efforts continue.

The venue, located at 1413 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 is accessible via the McPherson Square Metrorail station.

FYP-DC encourages attendees to make a minimum cash donation of $10.00 at the door. Donations greater than the minimum will be gladly accepted. Every donor will receive a “Kapit Bisig Help Each Other” bracelet as a symbol of solidarity and reminder that the community’s kababayan, or countrymen and women, are struggling in this desperate time of need. This is not only a great opportunity to donate, but also to engage in further discussions on how we can continue to help. For those unable to attend but would still like to donate to Feed the Hungry-Philippines, FYP-DC asks that they visit www.feedthehungryphil.org.

The Executive Board of FYP-DC is thankful for the generous support from the community: “We greatly appreciate your attendance and your compassion as we all have family or friends in the Philippines. This is devastation that goes beyond words or pictures. So, let’s step up as a community and do as much as we possibly can together.”

More information can be found on FYP-DC’s website at http://www.fyp-dc.org.

Meanwhile, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) National Chairman Ed Navarra commends Wells Fargo, a nationwide, community-based financial services company, for temporarily waiving remittance service fees to all of Wells Fargo banks and remittance partners in the Philippines. The waiver is effective Nov. 13 through Nov. 30, 2013.

In addition, Wells Fargo is providing a grant of $250,000, with $125,000 going to the American Red Cross and $125,000 to the International Medical Corps. These funds will help with the ongoing relief efforts and rehabilitation in the affected areas of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Wells Fargo has also added messaging on all its ATMs so customers can make their donations to the Philippines relief efforts.

“This is a timely and tremendous support especially for families here in the U.S. as well as many in the American community who are eager to help,” Navarra said. “The outpouring of generosity is very much appreciated.”

Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Youth Chair and Wells Fargo Vice President and Community Banking District Manager, said that the waiver on remittance transfer fees will reduce the cost of sending money to thePhilippines. Customers can send funds to their family or friends at a number of remittance network members – including Bank of the Philippine Islands, BDO Unibank, Metrobank, M.Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier – by calling Wells Fargo Global Remittance Services at 1-800-556-0605, going online at wellsfargo.com, or visiting a Wells Fargo banking store.

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