Philippine Relief Effort Takes Root On Campus

When James Gallo, CSOM '14, saw, on Twitter, the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed between 3700 and 4200 people, injured 12,501 people, and displaced three million, he decided right away that something had to be done. Gallo is the Vice-President of RHA and, after talking to some people, he helped organize a relief concert with RHA, UGBC and the Phillipines Society. The money will go to Catholic Relief Services, which provides supplies and aid to those affected.

Image via BC Typhoon Haiyan Relief Initiative/Facebook.

Image via BC Typhoon Haiyan Relief Initiative/Facebook.

The event will be from 7-9pm Thursday night in the Rat (Lyons Dining Hall). The Heightsmen, Uprising, Nasty, and Jam and Toast are all performing, as well as individual students that reached out. There will be food and refreshments, and, as the aim is to provide aid, donations are very strongly encouraged.

In order to keep the cost low, so that the maximum amount of money can go to help those affected, Gallo decided not to get a stage for the event. The goal is not only to raise $1,000, but also to bring the BC community together to create support and send a message of solidarity. There will also be events put on by UGBC and the Phillipine Society on Friday and Saturday.

Image via Ben Tan/Facebook.

Image via Ben Tan/Facebook.

The concert begins a weekend of events with profits going toward the relief effort. Donations will also be accepted at the SEASA/Conspiracy Dance Showcase this Friday at 8pm in the Rat.

Lastly, PSBC will hold its annual culture show, "Kamayan 2013," this Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6:30pm. Thanks to these efforts on campus, BC students have plenty of opportunities to be men and women for others by showing support for the Philippine citizens and families affected by the destruction of Typhoon Hayian.

Today’s youth receive a lot of criticism for being apathetic and uninvolved. Despite this generation’s ability to Facebook, tweet, Instagram, and blog with the best of them, there is a lot to be desired when it comes to actually showing up and getting things done. Social media can be a fantastic tool for raising awareness, but the problem is that people often stop there.

Image via District One/Facebook.

Image via District One/Facebook.

Being informed is great, but the only way to make a difference is to actually follow through. The classic example of this inaction is the Kony 2012 movement, when people shockingly discovered that clicking 'like' on a video was not enough to stop a ruthless war lord.

Even here at BC, despite the commendable amount of community service on campus, many are still guilty of looking the other way, trying to avoid the obvious pleas for support from other students. This is why the efforts of several students, who immediately sprang into action after typhoon Haiyan, are so admirable.

While Gallo admits that the concert was thrown together quickly, due to a sense of urgency, it will be worth seeing, and definitely worth supporting the effort to help those whose lives have been devastated.

Featured image via EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

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