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More than $12,000 collected at Philippines fundraiser

The show finale. -Norma Langrish photo

The show finale. -Norma Langrish photo

The people of the Bay of Quinte area demonstrated their generosity in a show of support for the people of the Philippines rebuilding from Typhoon Haiyan.

About 50 local artists performed for a packed house at Eastminster United Church helped raise $6,400 which will go directly to disaster relief. The federal government will match the donations, dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total amount of relief provided by the fundraiser to more than $12,000.

The people of the Philippines are suffering in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan causing devastation and a death-toll of more than 5,000 people.

Donations are forwarded to ACT Alliance (, a coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organizations working together in 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. Eastminster will continue to collect donations until Sunday, Dec. 23.

Artists included The Noteables, Keep The Faith, McGreevy and Hardman, The Reasons, Tom Dietzel, Rick Zimmerman, The Crusaders, Olivia Rapos, Janet Kellough, Lenni Stewart, Bella Via Orchestra, Mark Despault, Jeanette Arsenault, Carol Bauer and Christopher, Kim Inch, Instant Rivalry, Seventh Town, Dave Wheatley, Sam Hirst and Matti Kopamees, The Reasonettes, Judy Fraser, Bud Gregory, The Harpells, Alec Lunn, The Frere Brothers.

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