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Comox Valley money rolling in to help typhoon victims
The Georgia Straight Jazz Society proudly wore its heart on its sleeve Saturday when it raised $3,334 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated part of the Philippines last month.
An eight-hour marathon music event attracted about 200 people to the Avalanche Bar & Grill.
The society thanks the patrons who stopped by to make a donation, and the 60 musicians and 20 volunteers who made the event possible.
Funds are being matched by the federal government, doubling the value of the effort. Donations have been forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross. Those who filled out a tracking form and donated $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.
The marathon event follows a Jazz Society tradition. A similar amount was raised two years ago to support children of Haiti, and in 2005 for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Several other local fundraisers were organized, including A Taste of the Philippines Sunday at the Native Sons Hall. Fundraising totals had yet to come in.
A lunch to benefit typhoon relief efforts will be held Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church at 1599 Tunner Dr. in Courtenay. The lunch will feature Filipino noodles. Organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $10.
A computer will be available for those wanting to donate online. Funds raised will be administered through St. Vincent de Paul.