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Delayed typhoon aid readied

Lack of volunteers in holiday season, funding error blamed

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Vic Gaurin packs aid for typhoon victims.

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Vic Gaurin packs aid for typhoon victims.

It's been two months since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, but some donations of cash and goods haven't arrived.

Volunteers gathered at the Philippine Canadian Centre on Keewatin Street Saturday to pack clothing, cereal, canned meat and diapers for mailing early this week. The donations came in soon after the Nov. 8 typhoon but weren't forwarded overseas because it was difficult to get volunteers over the holidays to sort and box the goods.

Winnipeggers also donated about $72,400 in cash that has not been handed over to on-the-ground aid agencies. That's because the Philippine Canadian Centre misunderstood the process and was waiting to receive matching funds from Ottawa before sending the cheque overseas. Ottawa promised to match all donations to typhoon relief made before Dec. 23.

Lito Taruc, president of the Philippine Canadian Centre, said his committee applied for the matching donations by the January deadline and was waiting for word back, and the funds. They didn't realize they should mail their cash to the Philippines without waiting on Ottawa, he said.

"It was an honest mistake," said Taruc, who was in hospital late last year with heart problems, which also stalled the centre's typhoon relief efforts. "I'm apologizing for the delay."

Taruc said it's not too late for the donations to be useful. Thousands still need goods and cash to help rebuild.

The cash will be sent to Operation Tulong, an initiative of the SM Foundation. That's the relief organization Taruc and his committee felt was the most credible and reliable.

He said a cheque for Operation Tulong will be cut soon after the boxes of goods are in the mail.

Haiyan and its storm surges killed more than 6,200 people and devastated many coastal communities, including Tacloban City.

maryagnes.welch@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2014 A4

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