By Vanessa Napiza
On Friday, 8 November 2013 Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept through the Philippines with sustained winds of up to 320 kph affecting the lives of over 14 million people. Ground reports say over 5,600 people perished with communication, power and water being knocked down in many areas.
Upon hearing about the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), people from all walks of life felt compelled to help. Within days, Melbourne made a united effort to help raise donations and inspire hope for victims affected by the recent typhoon. People came together, stood in solidarity and made some proper noise. Presented by Melbourne's finest talent, tunes by local artists, raffle prizes, b-boy and freestyle cyphers.
Sietta kicked off the evening with a live acoustic set, within minutes large numbers came to show love and support. Nica and Jezroc played tunes as the bar quickly ran dry of Kirin Beer with all purchases going towards the typhoon relief. Local sponsors came with immense generosity for raffle prizes that was hosted by the lively Demi Sorono of SYTYCD. Jigsaw Sneakers got loose to the tunes of a burgeoning talent that is Silent Jay. Yung Philly and Gabs of the The Rudy-V Alliance were in full effect, and DJ Kuya closing a momentous evening all for our friends in the Philippines.
There was an exhilarating energy at Horse Bazaar that truly celebrated our community coming together for this dire cause. Humbled by the good will of the people, each with a heart of gold, Melbourne successfully raised $10,200 AUD that was donated to Gawad Kalinga's efforts to provide relief goods for 2040 families.
Video by Frankie Fresco Photography that is more than just a recap, but a testament to the compassion and support for our Filipino brothers and sisters. https://vimeo.com/79936759
Photos by Throne Photography capture Melbourne's spirit of humanity.