Residents of a depressed community in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City line up for relief goods being distributed by barangay officers on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Local officials in the barangay level are dipping into their calamity funds to provide relief assistance to communities affected by the Luzon lockdown, which government implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, halting work and mass transport, among others.( Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News )

The Rotary Club of Mountainview in Vancouver has launched a relief project to help people in a couple of depressed areas in the Philippines due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Rotary Club of Mountainview members. (Photo: Matt Caparas Facebook)

The project is the ‘brainchild’ of the incoming President, Dr. Gloria Samosa. The dentist is not new to Philippine relief efforts having been involved in some of them as a founding member of the Caring Hearts Dentistry Society (CHDS)

The lockdown has been extended to May 15, 2020 and people are running out of food. To help alleviate the situation, the club whose members are mainly Filipino-Canadians has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the project.

Here is the GoFundMe information and the link for donations.

“The Philippine government has extended the quarantine and stay home order  up to May 15, 2020 due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Being a third world country, there are depressed areas  wherein residents are running out of food. The Rotary Club Vancouver Mountainview based in Canada would like to send a pack of relief goods composed of rice, canned items and masks to about 600 families in at least two  target depressed areas in the Philippines.

Members of Rotary Club Mountainview would like to open this opportunity to everyone to help in this relief endeavor areas thru Go Fund Me donations. The club’s target to give out the relief goods will be on May 8, 2020.”