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Fundraiser for UNICEF’s Disaster Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Urgent funding needed for food, medicine, clean water, and sanitation

image001LOS ANGELES (November 15th, 2013) – In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, an estimated 100,000 children under the age of five and 60,000 pregnant or nursing mothers were displaced. In the hardest hit areas, more than 3,000 schools and 2,400 day care centers are affected. Destruction of homes and schools during disasters, and the resulting mass displacement of communities and families, are known to leave children at risk of abuse and exploitation. Interruptions in maternal and child feeding routines like breastfeeding, combined with damage to water and sanitation systems have put younger children at serious risk of malnutrition, especially in high-poverty areas where they are already struggling to survive.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will hold a Disaster Relief fundraiser on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. at SmithHouse located at 10351 Santa Monica Boulevard. Numerous organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), Gawad Kalinga USA (GK-USA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA), Philippine American Bar Association (PABA), South Asian Bar Association Of Southern California (SABA-SC)

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) and state and local officials including Assembly Member Richard Bloom, Councilmember Mike Bonin, CA State Controller John Chiang, The Honorable Paul Koretz, CA State Senator Ted Lieu, U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, Congressman Henry Waxman, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be in attendance to work together with community leaders to mobilize efforts.

The purpose of this fundraiser is to urge everyone to donate onsite at the event or via the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s special event page for the fundraiser: www.unicefusa.org/haiyanfundraiser. All donations collected at the event and online will go towards disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

“Typhoon Haiyan sadly caused extensive devastation and mass casualties, not to mention affecting many lives of innocent children. I am honored to be a part of the fundraiser to aid more than four million children affected by the typhoon in the Philippines, which ripped through the archipelago four days ago. Your help and contribution will be essential to their survival,” said Giancarlo Pacheco, President at PCA.

UNICEF is purchasing 10,000 water kits and 10,500 family water kits locally, as well as water tablets for 6.3 million liters of water. From its global supply warehouse in Copenhagen, UNICEF is sending over 20 generators to power water treatment plants. Over 1,200 water quality-testing kits are also being sent, as well as collapsible water containers. UNICEF is working with local authorities to identify and register children who may be separated from their families.

For more information, contact Jessica Wang at jessica.wang@plancagency.com.

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 19, 2013                           WHERE:   SmithHouse

               Event time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM                                       10351 Santa Monica Blvd.

                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA 90025

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