A grim time for millions

LIVERPOOL'S Jhun Salazar remembers the dreadful day when the fourth-strongest typhoon struck through his home town in the Philippines.

Unable to get in contact with his family who were still living there, he feared the worst.

"I was concerned about their welfare," he said.

"Not knowing where they were, we were very worried."

Mr Salazar's family survived Typhoon Haiyan but like many, they face the long process of rebuilding their lives.

"There's still no electricity. My family are living in shelter homes and hotels while they try to repair the roof and the damage," Mr Salazar said.

Mr Salazar is the president of the Alliance of Philippine Community Organisation (APCO), and for the past five weeks, he and the community have been raising funds and collecting goods for victims of the typhoon.

So far, 133 boxes containing linen, candles and non-perishable goods have been shipped overseas.

The organisation has held and collected donations at railways stations in south-west Sydney.

Mr Salazar said there was still more to be done.

"The victims are holding onto their faith that things will get better tomorrow," he said.

"They're experiencing some fear: there's criminals ransacking homes; people are trying to find food.

"It's about surviving.

"Christmas is looking very grim for them. There's millions of people who are struggling."

A Christmas party and fund-raising event will be held on Saturday at the All Saints Parish Hall at Liverpool at 6pm. Proceeds will go towards a program for orphaned children.

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