Initiative to foster communication and coordinate Filipino community activities
Filipino community associations in Victoria have always been active fundraisers for various causes in the Philippines. However, the increased number of fundraising events, sometimes by the same association and with no coordination with other groups, has created issues such as date clashes for events, the same potential donors unsure which fundraiser to attend and conflicting events dividing instead of strengthening community support. Yearly Philippine calamities in particular highlighted problems of confusion, poor communication, inefficiencies and lack of reporting accountability when concerned groups try to raise funds separately but on the same dates.
In late 2009, three Filipino organisations: Circulo Capizeno of Melbourne Inc, Ilocano Association of Victoria Inc and Pampangueno Club of Victoria Inc agreed to respond collectively and initiated the Emergency Relief Fund for Philippines (ERFFP) Committee as a solution to the issues.
At a community Meeting organised by the ERFFP Committee on 10 January 2010, the attendees compiled two lists: 2010 Filipino Community Calendar of Events and a List of Filipino Community Organisations. The 2011 Calendar of Events was compiled by community organisations at a meeting held on 20 February 2011.
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