Nearly 400 Sydneysiders showed their class on Sunday December 1 by turning out to support a typhoon relief fundraiser on the grounds of the Arnott’s complex at Huntingwood in Western Sydney.
In only a matter of hours the event managed to raise around $10,000 – with the funds being directed to respected aid agency Caritas Australia. The figure is expected to rise as additional pledges come in.
The event was organised by Federal Labor MPs Ed Husic (Chifley), Michelle Rowland (Greenway) and Chris Bowen (McMahon), each of whom addressed the gathering, promising not to let up in their support of our Filipino friends as the nation battles to recover from the devastating November 8 typhoon.
NSW Opposition leader and Member for Blacktown John Robertson also gave up his time to attend the event, along with Philippines Consel-General Anne Jalando-on Louis.
"It was fantastic to see so many people from the Australian-Filipino community turn out today to show not just moral, but financial support for their friends and relatives left devastated by this massive storm," said Ed Husic.
"Western Sydney has a very large Filipino contingency, and the typhoon has touched many people here too with so many concerned about friends and family trying to pick up the pieces," he added.
Today’s event was generously hosted by Arnott’s, an amazing corporate backer locally.
Plant Manager Trevor Campbell addressed the large crowd at the fundraiser, saying 10% of Arnott’s 350 strong workforce at Huntingwood are from the Filipino community, so the company was more than happy to be involved in the event.