WINNIPEG - The national office of the Salvation Army is asking for financial support for its relief efforts in the Philippines.

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Locals float down their flooded streets offering rides at San Roque village, in Laguna province, 40 kilometres south of Manila, Philippines, today. A new typhoon gathered strength Thursday off the Philippines while nearly 700,000 people still sought help in badly stretched relief centers from massive flooding caused by Ketsana, one of the region's most destructive storms in years.

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Locals float down their flooded streets offering rides at San Roque village, in Laguna province, 40 kilometres south of Manila, Philippines, today. A new typhoon gathered strength Thursday off the Philippines while nearly 700,000 people still sought help in badly stretched relief centers from massive flooding caused by Ketsana, one of the region's most destructive storms in years.

WINNIPEG - The national office of the Salvation Army is asking for financial support for its relief efforts in the Philippines.

The Salvation Army in Canada is contributing $50,000 to cover emergency expenses and is asking Canadians for more funds.

Lt-Colonel Ron Clinch, the Salvation Army’s chief secretary of the Philippines Territory, said those suffering the most are the poor who lived in shanty towns along waterways.

"They never stood a chance and face the future with no support at all," Clinch said in prepared statement released today. "Thus the need for the Salvation Army to do all it can to help bring hope and relief to a desperate people."

Salvation Army teams are being mobilized to provide food, drinking water, blankets and medicine.

Financial contributions can be made by calling 1-800-725-2769 or via the website, www.SalvationArmy.ca. Donors should designate their contribution to the South Pacific and East Asia Relief Fund.

The Salvation Army is only one of several organizations providing relief aid to Philippines, including the Canadian Red Cross, which is partnering with local groups.  Charitable tax receipts will be issued by the Manitoba Red Cross for donations of more than $10.

Donations are also being accepted at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, 737 Keewatin St., until 5 p.m. Friday. The centre has collected more than $8,000 so far.

Local radio station HOT 103 will broadcast live Friday morning from an Osborne Village parking lot to raise funds for Philippine typhoon relief.

HOT 103 staff will be in the parking lot near Organza and Dollarama, at Osborne and Donald, to collect donations for the Fil-Can Disaster Relief Fund.

Several other local businesses are joining HOT 103 Friday morning, including:

  • Mango Grove Restaurant, serving a traditional Filipino breakfast of sweet pork, scrambled eggs and garlic fried rice;
  • The Cupcakery, selling mini cupcakes with proceeds to the relief effort; and,
  • The Free Press, giving away free Friday papers to anyone who stops by to make a donation.