Various fundraising efforts are being launched in the Bay Area’s LGBT community to help the survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines last week.
Also called Typhoon Yolanda, the tropical storm obliterated vast swaths of the island nation. News reports in recent days have recounted how food, water and other supplies are desperately needed.
A number of LGBT groups and community leaders in the Bay Area are responding to the call for help.
Robert Bernardo, a gay man who is president of the San Mateo County Harbor Commission, wrote on Facebook earlier this week that his family decided to donate to the typhoon charitable effort in lieu of giving out holiday gifts this year.
“If you are able to do the same, please do so,” wrote Bernardo, who was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the Bay Area with his family when he was two years old. “Think of how much money we could raise… Sorry Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season, we have more important things to do!”
A party is being hosted at the Lookout, a gay bar in the Castro, tomorrow night (Friday, November 15) to help victims on several of the hardest hit islands. Items to be shipped to the Philippines for free will be collected, such as non-perishable food, medicines, clothing, toiletries.
There will also be a raffle and auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the victims in Tacloban and Bogo, Cebu through the Taclobanon Association of Southern California and Rotary Club of Cebu West.
A number of local gay party promoters have donated tickets to their upcoming events, while several local hotels and restaurants have also donated prizes toward the raffle. The party goes from 5 to 9 p.m. at the bar, 3600 16th Street at Market Street.
Sunday, November 24 starting at 7 p.m. the gay South Asian club OMG is also hosting a typhoon fundraiser. The party will feature performances by Jethro Cuenca Patalinghug, Amoray Brougain, and Marco Middlesex.
There will also be comedy routines, drag queens, and dance music by DJs Jack Rojo and Sergio Fedasz. The club is located at 43 Sixth Street in San Francisco.
The Rainbow World Fund, an LGBT-headed humanitarian group based in San Francisco, is collecting donations designated for Typhoon aid on its website. Specify “Typhoon” when making a contribution.
The San Francisco Log Cabin Republican Club donated $100 on behalf of its members and asked them to send in individual donations to the World Food Programme.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also urged city residents to do what they can for the typhoon survivors. He noted that those interested in donating can go to www.sfgivesback.org to get information about how to give to those on the ground and aiding in the recovery efforts.
“Our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered in the Philippines from possibly the world’s strongest storm,” stated Lee in a statement last Friday. “The people of the Philippines are in our thoughts and prayers today, and we will continue to support them in the days and months ahead as we learn the true impact caused by Typhoon Haiyan.”