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South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC), Joins Fiji/Phillipines Flood Relief Efforts

May 11, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Francisco, CA (May 10, 2012) – On May 16, 2012, the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC), Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), and Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association (SCCLRLA) in partnership with the Global Fund for Women and ABS-CBN Foundation, will proudly host “Supporting our Island Nations – A Benefit for Fiji and Philippines” at Harlot, 46 Minna, San Francisco, CA from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., for flood relief efforts in the Fiji Islands and Philippines. Our generous sponsors include the Narayan Law Firm, Jones Day, Hindu American Foundation, Raj & Trina Chatterjee, and Teen Pari Boutique.

In late-January, severe flooding in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka, and Rakiraki in Viti Levu, the western region of Fiji’s largest island, caused the deaths of eight residents and displacement of 4,000 people. The impact was exacerbated in March when Cyclone Daphne lashed through Viti Levu, mostly Nadi, resulting in five deaths and leaving more than 11,000 residents in evacuation centers. Homes, buildings, roads, bridges, and crops were damaged resulting in losses of millions of dollars.

In December 2011, Typhoon Sendong caused massive flash floods and landslides in Mindanao Island in the Philippines killing more than 900 hundred people and leaving more than 800 people missing. The Philippine government reported that nearly 143,000 people were affected by the flash floods and landslides, of which 45,000 people were staying in evacuation centers. The ABS-CBN Foundation continues to accept donations to provide relief and recovery operations as well as engage in rehabilitation for all affected communities. The donations are being used to provide food, non-food items, livelihood programs, shelter and services to the most vulnerable Filipinos in the hardest hit cities and provinces.

The flood survivors in Fiji and the Philippines still need access to shelter, clothing, water, food, and healthcare, and are at risk of illnesses caused by flood conditions. FBANC and SABA-NC found that it is essential to plan a fundraiser in San Francisco not only for the purpose of raising funds to the survivors but also to raise awareness in the Bay Area about the vulnerability of island nations.

Co-President of SABA-NC, Shaamini Babu, commented: “It deeply saddens me that thousands of people in Fiji and the Philippines have lost their homes and belongings. Due to unfortunate circumstances SABA-NC and FBANC have fortunately joined forces to support the survivors and shed light on the impact natural disasters have on island communities.”

“Victims in both Fiji and the Philippines continue to need our assistance. To that end, SABA-NC and FBANC are proud to support efforts to increase awareness of the tragedies in both Fiji and the Philippines. Through our concerted efforts, we hope that we can increase the support for international organizations that are helping the victims of these terrible tragedies.” Mark Punzalan, FBANC President stated.

Funds raised will be donated to Global Fund for Women for flood relief efforts in Fiji and to ABS-CBN Foundation for flood relief efforts in the Philippines. Tickets to the fundraiser may be purchased for $25 or donations may be made by visiting: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001xP8kx21EWKOtUH3xJQWxeC610KfIACim6rDAnNEyDx7TlmHIafWQr88W13nM8sXy4bOyj5vTPEinv4brtwu3CpwAOhU5YDwq2w_Qgn3uOjqHR0vNIUR6wYQnmrY99s-kAoADAZZXKPIeJQUVIOHwig==. Information about sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by contacting president@southasianbar.org.

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CONTACT: SABA-NC Co-Presidents Shaamini Babu, 415-321-2406, and Nina Paul, 510-397-8547, president@southasianbar.org

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