Help rolls in for typhoon victims

THE St Marys-Mt Druitt community has rallied to help victims left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Gil De Leon and wife Jas at Jas My Waffles in Rooty Hill have been inundated with donations of blankets, clothing, toiletries, cans of food and bottles of water.

Nine boxes have been shipped to the Philippines in the last fortnight for distribution by the Red Cross.

Chifley MP Ed Husic has teamed up with neighbouring federal MPs Michelle Rowland and Chris Bowen to host a community day in Huntingwood this Sunday, December 1, from 10.30am to 3pm.

The Philippines, We Care fund-raiser will be held at the Arnott's factory.

There will be rides, face painting, games, lucky door prizes, stalls and more.

Proceeds will go towards disaster relief via international aid agency Caritas.

A concert fund-raiser will be held in Ropes Crossing later on Sunday: a group of Filipino Australians from Ropes Crossing called FilOz 2760 will hold Super Typhoon Aid at Ropes (STAR) concert at Ropes Crossing Hub, from 6pm to 9pm.

The line-up includes recording artists from the Philippines, capoeira performances, an Aboriginal children's choir and Katrina Shaw who has performed in musicals.

There will also be an auction and raffle prizes.

Concert entry costs $10; those aged under 7 can enter for free.

Proceeds will go the Red Cross.

Blacktown Council has waived the venue fee, as it has for other Filipino fund-raisers held at its venues.

Mayor Len Robinson called on the council at its last meeting to donate $20,000 to a registered charity for school supplies.

Councillor Isabelle White said: "Filipinos are a very special part of the city, especially in my ward, ward four."

"$20,000 is a drop in the ocean but I hope this contribution goes far," she said.

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