Over $23,000 was raised on December 12 by the organizers and volunteers of Fiesta Filipino’s Paskong Damayan telethon fundraiser event. Broadcasting live on the Fiesta Filipino Facebook, performers and local politicians dialed in for four hours of entertainment while volunteers made calls to reach a $25,000 goal.
The funds raised during the weekend will be used to help those suffering internationally and locally during the holiday season.
Internationally, a portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to relief efforts to support those affected by last November’s super typhoons.
While lLocally, the funds raised will be used to help a number of Filipino newcomers who are struggling this holiday season.
“We’ve worked with the Centre of Newcomers to identify more than 50 families who could use some support this pandemic holiday season,” says Michael Juarez, Fiesta Filipino Paskong Damayan host. “With this money, we can create some hampers with Filipino food and supplies for these families.”
During Christmas week, volunteers from Fiesta Filipino will work within COVID restrictions to make sure these Filipino hampers reach those who could use some holiday cheer.