Planning a benefit concert is a massive undertaking under the best of conditions. But when Typhoon Haiyan was reported, a local group sprang into action. “By [that] Sunday, #ProjectLiftPH was happening,” says Caroline Mangosing, executive director of Kapisanan, a youth-led Filipino arts and culture organization in Kensington Market.
The December 4 fundraising concert aims to help survivors of the disaster, which rendered 1.9 million homeless. Maylee Todd and Ohbijou’s Casey Mecija—who’ve served as mentors and coordinators with Kapisanan—promptly volunteered to perform at the event, along with host Sarah Taylor. All of the proceeds are going to GlobalMedic, a Toronto-based relief organization.
The response has extended beyond event planning: Following the Star’s report that Marilou Caise’s family in Tacloban needed help, people appeared at Kapisanan the next day to donate money. “It’s a great network of folks,” says Mangosing. “It’s pretty amazing how quickly these things come together.”
#ProjectLiftPH takes place on Dec. 4 at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.