Female artists from Pangasinan sell artwork to help victims of Typhoon Odette

A group of female artists launch ‘Art For a Cause’, where the proceeds of their works will go to the ongoing donation campaign for victims of Typhoon Odette

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan – With the widespread destruction caused by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao, people from all walks of life have expressed their desire to help.

Here in Pangasinan, a group of female artists have started a fundraising project for the same purpose.

SARAG MI (Pangasinan expression meaning “We can”) recently launched its campaign, ART FOR A CAUSE, where members sell their works. Proceeds will be donated to the ongoing donation campaign for the victims of Typhoon Odette.

Aileen dela Cruz, organizer of SARAG MI, linked to the organization Earth Shaker and to Pangasinan Youth for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PYDRRM) in her charitable benefits.

Earth Shaker is a youth-led organization that aims to improve appreciation of Earth sciences and empower citizens to make science-based decisions.

The all-female artistic circle, about to celebrate its third anniversary in March 2022, has decided to help the less fortunate kababayes.

“We plan to raise P 47,960 – the total amount of all artwork included in our fundraiser. And we will pass the proceeds on to our partner, the Earth Shaker Giving Campaign, to help the victims. Typhoon Odette, ”Dela Cruz said in an interview.

Dela Cruz said the campaign started when one of the artists, Paulyn Albino, shared Earth Shaker’s ongoing fundraising campaign in their panel discussion. Another member, Vern Pascual, pitched the idea for the circle to organize a fundraiser.

“Paulyn messaged Earth Shaker’s FB page to inquire about a possible fundraising partnership. We were happy because we received a positive response, ”said Dela Cruz.

At the time of writing, SARAG MI has already raised 11,000 P. The total amount has been passed on to Earth Shaker.

This is not the first time that SARAG MI has carried out fundraising activities.

Dela Cruz said the group also started a fundraising and donation campaign, where they were able to raise P 52,300, which was then donated to the front lines of the Region 1 medical center during the outbreak of the pandemic. of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Christian Calalang, one of Earth Shaker’s donation campaign co-leads, said they were grateful for SARAG MI’s help.

“They are one of our partner organizations in this fundraising campaign. We are actually grateful to have them and we applaud their initiative because they are the ones who asked for a partnership, ”he said.

Calalang said that as of 7:30 p.m. on December 27, they had raised a total of P 130,912.24 in monetary donations. These will also be transmitted to their partner organizations in the field.

Cash donations were spent on community kitchens, first aid kits and solar lights.

Calalang added that they were able to sponsor a two-day community kitchen in 14 areas of Palawan, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros, Surigao del Norte, Bohol and Dinagat Islands provinces.

Those interested in purchasing SARAG MI artwork can click the link to view their online gallery, while Earth Shaker’s transparency report can be viewed on their official Facebook page. – Rappler.com

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