AUSTRIA – Two Filipino musicians based in Austria have been doing gigs on the street since Monday to raise funds for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
Tommy Aquino and Mark Agpas said sharing their talents is their way of helping calamity-stricken kababayans.
"It's not thousands or millions of euros what we earn from this endeavor, but it comes from our hearts and to all the nice people in Austria thanks for your donations. We hope that the others artists and musicians will be inspired to do something to help our kababayans affected by the super typhoon," Agpas said.
Agpas will also be having a fundraising concert on November 22 with other Filipino bands in Vienna.
Last Monday, television and radio network ORF and its media partners, organized a public charity collection for typhoon survivors. ORF opened its telephone lines to Austrians and other nationalities in the country willing to donate for the Philippines.
"More than 11 million people are affected by the typhoon disaster in the Philippines. Clean drinking water, food, shelter and medical aid are urgently needed. For this reason, the ORF took the initiative to launch Day of Action for the "Nachbar in Not - Taifunhilfe" and calls on all its media - and all its regional studios for donations," one of the organizers said.
The funds collected from the telethon will be channeled to Caritas Austria and Red Cross.
Meanwhile, the Council of Filipinos in Austria will also stage a "Unity for a Cause" event at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna's 1st District. The Hotel Management allowed Filipinos to use one of its halls free of charge.
Arlene Castaneda of the Sentro ng Kultura at Wika ng Austria at Pilipinas took the initiative to organize a Charity Concert on December 8, 2013 in Vienna.
"We have seen all the horrible pictures from our beloved Philippines and we want to help the people there as much as we can. Please help us. Come and join this event, donate as much as you can and spend your time with us. All our thoughts are with the Philippines," Castaneda said.
Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre urged Filipinos in Austria to help in whatever way they can.
"I want to urge every kababayan here in Austria to step up. The best way to support those affected by this storm is to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice," the ambassador said. Report from Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau